1 the subject matter of a conversation or discussion; "he didn't want to discuss that subject"; "it was a very sensitive topic"; "his letters were always on the theme of love" [syn: subject, topic]
2 a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work; "it was the usual `boy gets girl' theme" [syn: motif]
3 (music) melodic subject of a musical composition; "the theme is announced in the first measures"; "the accompanist picked up the idea and elaborated it" [syn: melodic theme, musical theme, idea]
4 an essay (especially one written as an assignment); "he got an A on his composition" [syn: composition, paper, report]
5 (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed; "thematic vowels are part of the stem" [syn: root, root word, base, stem, radical] v : provide with a particular theme or motive; "the restaurant often themes its menus"
- Rhymes: -iːm
EtymologyFrom tesme (French: thème), from etyl la thema, from etyl grc θέμα, from τίθημι, reduplicative from (whence also English do).
- a subject of a talk or an artistic piece; a topic.
- a recurring idea; a motif.
- the main melody of a piece of music, especially one that is the source of variations.
- computing figurative The collection of color schemes, sounds, artwork etc., that "skin" an environment towards a particular motif.
- stem of a word
- thematic relation of a noun phrase to a verb
- theta role in generative grammar and government and binding theory.
- topic, what is being talked about, as opposed to rheme
fixme=Translation table header lacks gloss
- trreq Albanian
- Armenian: թեմա
- Bosnian: tema
- Chinese: 主題, 主题 (zhǔtí), 題材, 题材 (tícái)
- Croatian: tema
- Czech: téma
- Dutch: thema
- Esperanto: temo
- Finnish: aine, aihe, teema
- French: thème
- Georgian: თემა (t‘ema)
- German: Thema, Motiv
- Greek: θέμα
- Hebrew: עצם
- Hindi: प्रकरण
- Hungarian: tárgy, téma
- Italian: tema
- Japanese: 主題 (しゅだい, shudai), テーマ (tēma)
- Korean: 주제 (juje)
- Latin: thema
- Latvian: tēma
- Lithuanian: tema
- Mongolian: сэдэв (sêdêv)
- Norwegian: tema
- Persian: موضوع
- Portuguese: tema
- Russian: тема
- Spanish: tema
- Swedish: tema
- Thai: (gàen rêuang)
- Turkish: konu
a subject of a talk or an artistic piece; a topic.
- Hebrew: נושא
Theme may refer to:
- Theme (music), the initial or principal melody in a musical piece
- Theme (literature), the unifying subject or idea of a story
- Theme (visual arts), the unifying subject or idea of a visual work
- Theme (Byzantine administrative unit), an administrative district in the Byzantine Empire governed by a Strategos
- Theme (computing), a custom graphical appearance for certain software, similar to a skin
- Theme (linguistics), that part of a sentence which indicates what is being talked about
- Theme (linguistics), is a Theta role in Generative grammar and Government and binding theory.
- Theme (linguistics), is a Thematic relation of a noun phrase to a verb. Other thematic relations: agent, patient, etc.
- Theme (grammar), is a term sometimes used for the stem of a word.
- Theme music, signature music which recurs in a film, television program or performance
- Theme magazine
- Theme Building, a landmark building in Los Angeles International Airport
- Theming, the act of creating environments with artificial themes
- Theme (music) UK/Krakow, underground Experimental Electronic band.
Theme may also refer to:
- Motif (visual arts), a recurring theme or pattern in artwork
- Motif (literature), a recurring theme or pattern in literature
- In philology and linguistics, the inflexional base or stem of a word, consisting of the root with alteration or addition. See Word stem.
- Themes (Vangelis album), a compilation album from 1989 by Vangelis
- Themes (Clannad album), a compilation album from 1992 by Clannad
- Themes (Silent Stream of Godless Elegy album), a 2000 album by Moravian ethno metal band, Silent Stream Of Godless Elegy
Themes may also be associated with common cultural events or experiences:
theme in Danish: Tema
theme in German: Thema
theme in Modern Greek (1453-): Θέμα (αποσαφήνιση)
theme in Spanish: Tema
theme in French: Thème
theme in Korean: 테마
theme in Dutch: Thema
theme in Japanese: テーマ
theme in Romanian: Temă (dezambiguizare)
theme in Finnish: Teema
theme in Swedish: Tema
theme in Slovak: Téma
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