- a principal melodic subject in a musical composition.
- a short melodic subject from which variations are developed.
verb (used with object), themed, them·ing.
- them's fighting words,
- thematic apperception test,
- theme park,
- theme song,
Origin of theme
Examples from the Web for 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|Tom Arnold-Forster|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Warming to his theme, Argiros adds, “All human life passes through here- the good bad and the ugly.”
At the suggestion of founder Maneesh Goyal, the company went with a Pee-wee Herman theme.
Yeah, I mean, the theme of this episode is an interesting one.Andrew Lincoln Wants Rick to End With Johnny Cash and the Sunset|Melissa Leon|October 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The issue explored the theme of vulnerability, “relevant to anyone who seeks understanding, change, love, and belonging.”
The orchestra played his theme and an army announcer introduced him as the Number One ventriloquist in the world.The Second Voice|Mann Rubin
The theme was not dissimilar to that which has been here presented in outline.
His two 'Strawberries,' as he christened them, were henceforth the theme of every letter.The Wits and Beaux of Society|Grace & Philip Wharton
She could not quit the theme: doing that would have been to be indifferent: something urged her to it.The Celt and Saxon, Complete|George Meredith
But the theme by amplification became nauseous, and he at length with some roughness put an end to the tale.Caleb Williams|William Godwin
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.