- IPA: /θiːm/
theme (plural themes)
- A subject of a talk or an artistic piece; a topic.
- A recurring idea; a motif.
- (dated) An essay written for school.
- (music) The main melody of a piece of music, especially one that is the source of variations.
- (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.
- (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 generally being talked about, as opposed to rheme.
- A regional unit of organisation in the Byzantine empire.
- Spanish: thema
theme (themes, present participle theming; past and past participle themed)
- (transitive) To give a theme to.
- We themed the birthday party around superheroes.
- (computing, transitive) To apply a theme to; to change the visual appearance and/or layout of (software).