Theme meaning

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A topic of discourse or discussion.
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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.

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A subject of artistic representation.
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(music) A recurring melodic element in a composition, especially a melody forming the basis of a set of variations.
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An implicit or recurrent idea; a motif.

A party with a tropical island theme.

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A short composition assigned to a student as a writing exercise.
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A subject of a talk or an artistic piece; a topic.
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To give a theme to; specif., to plan according to a central theme.

A themed restaurant.

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The visual motif (design, style) of a website, PowerPoint presentation or software. For example, an operating system theme comprises the window border and title bar colors, desktop background and typography. See skin and theme aware.
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(computing, figuratively) The collection of color schemes, sounds, artwork etc., that "skin" an environment towards a particular motif.
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(grammar) The stem of a word.
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(linguistics) Thematic relation of a noun phrase to a verb.
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(linguistics) Theta role in generative grammar and government and binding theory.
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(linguistics) Topic, what is being talked about, as opposed to rheme.
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A regional unit of organisation in the Byzantine empire.
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(computing) To apply a theme to; to change the visual appearance and/or layout of (software).
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A short essay, esp. one written as an assignment in a school course.
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(music) The main melody of a piece of music, especially one that is the source of variations.
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Origin of theme

  • Middle English teme, theme from Old French tesme from Latin thema from Greek dhē- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French tesme (French: thème), from Latin thema, from Ancient Greek θέμα (théma), from τίθημι (tithemi, “I put, place"), reduplicative from Proto-Indo-European *dÊ°eh₁- (“to put, place, do") (whence also English do).

    From Wiktionary