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theme

[ theem ]
/ θim /
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noun

adjective

having a unifying theme: a theme restaurant decorated like a spaceship.

verb (used with object), themed, them·ing.

to provide with a theme.

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Origin of theme

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English teme, theme (from Old French teme), from Medieval Latin thema,Latin, from Greek théma “proposition, deposit,” akin to tithénai “to put, set down”
1. See subject.
themeless, adjectivesubtheme, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for theme

theme
/ (θiːm) /

noun

verb

(tr) to design, decorate, arrange, etc, in accordance with a theme
themeless, adjective
C13: from Latin thema, from Greek: deposit, from tithenai to lay down
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Cultural definitions for theme

theme

A central idea in a piece of writing or other work of art: “The theme of desperation is found throughout his novels.” Also a short composition assigned to a student as a writing exercise.

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