- The definition of a theme is a topic, a recurring idea or a short melody.
- An example of theme is a lecture about environmental protection. series.
- An example of theme is someone using the same color to decorate throughout their home.
- An example of theme is a song that's played at the beginning of each episode of a television series.
This room has a purple theme.
- a topic or subject, as of a lecture, sermon, essay, etc.
- a recurring, unifying subject or idea; motif, often one used decoratively
- a short essay, esp. one written as an assignment in a school course
- a short melody used as the subject of a musical composition
- a musical phrase upon which variations are developed
- ☆ theme song
Origin of themeMiddle English ; from Old French and amp; L: Old French teme ; from Classical Latin thema ; from Classical Greek what is laid down ; from base of tithenai, to put, place: see do
- A topic of discourse or discussion. See Synonyms at subject.
- A subject of artistic representation.
- An implicit or recurrent idea; a motif: a party with a tropical island theme.
- A short composition assigned to a student as a writing exercise.
- Music A recurring melodic element in a composition, especially a melody forming the basis of a set of variations.
- Linguistics a. See topic.b. A stem.
Origin of themeMiddle English teme, theme, from Old French tesme, from Latin thema, from Greek; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
- A subject of a talk or an artistic piece; a topic.
- A recurring idea; a motif.
- (music) The main melody of a piece of music, especially one that is the source of variations.
- (computing, figuratively) The collection of color schemes, sounds, artwork etc., that "skin" an environment towards a particular motif.
- (grammar) The stem of a word
- (linguistics) thematic relation of a noun phrase to a verb
- (linguistics) Theta role in generative grammar and government and binding theory.
- (linguistics) Topic, what is being talked about, as opposed to rheme
- A regional unit of organisation in the Byzantine empire.
(third-person singular simple present themes, present participle theming, simple past and past participle themed)
- (computing) To apply a theme to; to change the visual appearance and/or layout of (software).