- a principal melodic subject in a musical composition.
- a short melodic subject from which variations are developed.
verb (used with object), themed, them·ing.
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Contemporary Examples of theme
In the comics, a theme that recurs again and again is Wonder Woman being tied up, then breaking free.Wonder Woman’s Creation Story Is Wilder Than You Could Ever Imagine
November 3, 2014
Warming to his theme, Argiros adds, “All human life passes through here- the good bad and the ugly.”Inside New York’s Most Powerful Diner
October 31, 2014
At the suggestion of founder Maneesh Goyal, the company went with a Pee-wee Herman theme.The Childish Genius of Pee-wee’s Playhouse
October 23, 2014
Yeah, I mean, the theme of this episode is an interesting one.Andrew Lincoln Wants Rick to End With Johnny Cash and the Sunset
October 14, 2014
The issue explored the theme of vulnerability, “relevant to anyone who seeks understanding, change, love, and belonging.”The Winning Gay Subtlety of ‘Hello Mr.’
September 26, 2014
Historical Examples of theme
I recur to it here as a plausible suggestion only, in connection with my theme.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
The theme was the same as that of Mr. Gladstone's letter, to which it was regarded as an answer.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
A subject was offered him, in which no other poet would have found a theme for the Muse.Biographical Sketches
At the present moment it is to me the only theme worthy of a man's entire attention.
His eyes shone, and his face flushed with the fervor of his theme.
Word Origin for theme
c.1300, from Old French tesme (13c., with silent -s-), from Latin thema "a subject, thesis," from Greek thema "a proposition, subject, deposit," literally "something set down," from root of tithenai "put down, place," from PIE root *dhe- "to put, to do" (see factitious). Extension to music first recorded 1670s; theme song first attested 1929. Theme park is from 1960.
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.