Pronunciation Noun

theme (plural themes)

  1. A subject of a talk or an artistic piece; a topic.
  2. A recurring idea; a motif.
  3. (dated) An essay written for school.
  4. (music) The main melody of a piece of music, especially one that is the source of variations.
  5. (film, television) A song, or a snippet of a song, that identifies a film, a TV program, a character, etc. by playing at the appropriate time.
  6. (computing, figuratively) The collection of color schemes, sounds, artwork etc., that "skin" an environment towards a particular motif.
  7. (grammar) The stem of a word.
  8. (linguistics) thematic relation of a noun phrase to a verb.
  9. (linguistics) Theta role in generative grammar and government and binding theory.
  10. (linguistics) Topic, what is generally being talked about, as opposed to rheme.
  11. A regional unit of organisation in the Byzantine empire.
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  • German: Theme
  • Italian: tema
  • Portuguese: tema
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  • Spanish: thema

theme (themes, present participle theming; past and past participle themed)

  1. (transitive) To give a theme to.
    We themed the birthday party around superheroes.
  2. (computing, transitive) To apply a theme to; to change the visual appearance and/or layout of (software).

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