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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”

synonym study for theme

1. See subject.

OTHER WORDS FROM theme

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

Derived forms of theme

themeless, adjective

Word Origin for theme

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.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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