Definition of Theme

1. Noun. The subject matter of a conversation or discussion. "His letters were always on the theme of love"

Exact synonyms: Subject, Topic
Generic synonyms: Content, Message, Subject Matter, Substance
Specialized synonyms: Bone Of Contention, Precedent, Head, Question, Keynote
Derivative terms: Thematic, Topical

2. Verb. Provide with a particular theme or motive. "The restaurant often themes its menus"
Generic synonyms: Furnish, Provide, Render, Supply

3. Noun. A unifying idea that is a recurrent element in literary or artistic work. "It was the usual `boy gets girl' theme"
Exact synonyms: Motif
Generic synonyms: Idea, Thought
Specialized synonyms: Topos
Derivative terms: Thematic

4. Noun. (music) melodic subject of a musical composition. "The accompanist picked up the idea and elaborated it"
Exact synonyms: Idea, Melodic Theme, Musical Theme
Category relationships: Music
Generic synonyms: Air, Line, Melodic Line, Melodic Phrase, Melody, Strain, Tune
Specialized synonyms: Motif, Motive, Statement, Variation
Derivative terms: Thematic

5. Noun. An essay (especially one written as an assignment). "He got an A on his composition"
Exact synonyms: Composition, Paper, Report
Generic synonyms: Essay
Specialized synonyms: Term Paper

6. Noun. (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed. "Thematic vowels are part of the stem"
Exact synonyms: Base, Radical, Root, Root Word, Stem
Category relationships: Linguistics
Generic synonyms: Descriptor, Form, Signifier, Word Form
Derivative terms: Stem, Stem

Definition of Theme

1. n. A subject or topic on which a person writes or speaks; a proposition for discussion or argument; a text.

Definition of Theme

1. Noun. A subject of a talk or an artistic piece; a topic. ¹

2. Noun. A recurring idea; a motif. ¹

3. Noun. (music) The main melody of a piece of music, especially one that is the source of variations. ¹

4. Noun. (computing figuratively) The collection of color schemes, sounds, artwork etc., that "skin" an environment towards a particular motif. ¹

5. Noun. (grammar) The stem of a word ¹

6. Noun. (linguistics) thematic relation of a noun phrase to a verb ¹

7. Noun. (linguistics) Theta role in generative grammar and government and binding theory. ¹

8. Noun. (linguistics) Topic, what is being talked about, as opposed to rheme ¹

9. Noun. A regional unit of organisation in the Byzantine empire. ¹

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Definition of Theme

1. to plan something according to a central subject [v THEMED, THEMING, THEMES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Theme

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Literary usage of Theme

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians by George Grove (1910)
"He takes the theme in all its phases — harmonic, melodic, or rhythmic — and ... At one moment a variation may follow the melody of the theme, at another the ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1911)
"Thus the finale of the Eroica Symphony has not only the theme but many ideas of the variations and fugue-passages in common with the brilliant set of ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"The theme of love, marriage and the artist had been treated by Shaw in his novel, ... It is returned to as a minor theme in 'The Doctor's Dilemma. ..."

4. The English Journal by National Council of Teachers of English (1919)
"The Atlantic "Clubber" has little hope to hold out for the chronic theme-reader, and his advice is hardly encouraging. Break away from the dull task, ..."

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