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1. A topic of discourse or discussion. See Synonyms at subject.
2. A subject of artistic representation.
3. An implicit or recurrent idea; a motif: a party with a tropical island theme.
4. A short composition assigned to a student as a writing exercise.
5. Music A recurring melodic element in a composition, especially a melody forming the basis of a set of variations.
a. See topic.
b. A stem.
[Middle English teme, theme, from Old French tesme, from Latin thema, from Greek; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. an idea or topic expanded in a discourse, discussion, etc
2. (in literature, music, art, etc) a unifying idea, image, or motif, repeated or developed throughout a work
3. (Music, other) music a group of notes forming a recognizable melodic unit, often used as the basis of the musical material in a composition
4. (Education) a short essay, esp one set as an exercise for a student
5. (Grammar) linguistics the first major constituent of a sentence, usually but not necessarily the subject. In the sentence history I do like, "history" is the theme of the sentence, even though it is the object of the verb
7. (Historical Terms) (in the Byzantine Empire) a territorial unit consisting of several provinces under a military commander
8. (modifier) planned or designed round one unifying subject, image, etc: a theme holiday.
(tr) to design, decorate, arrange, etc, in accordance with a theme
[C13: from Latin thema, from Greek: deposit, from tithenai to lay down]
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1. a subject of discourse, discussion, meditation, or composition; topic.
2. a unifying or dominant idea, motif, etc., as in a work of art.
3. a short, informal essay, esp. a school composition.
a. a principal melodic subject in a musical composition.
b. a short melodic subject from which variations are developed.
[1250–1300; Middle English teme, theme (< Old French teme) < Medieval Latin thema, Latin < Greek théma proposition, deposit =(ti)thé(nai) to put, set down + -ma resultative n. suffix]
syn: See subject.
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Past participle: themed
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|Noun||1.||theme - 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"|
bone of contention - the subject of a dispute; "the real bone of contention, as you know, is money"
precedent - a subject mentioned earlier (preceding in time)
question, head - the subject matter at issue; "the question of disease merits serious discussion"; "under the head of minor Roman poets"
keynote - the principal theme in a speech or literary work
|2.||theme - a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in literary or artistic work; "it was the usual `boy gets girl' theme"|
idea, thought - the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about; "it was not a good idea"; "the thought never entered my mind"
topos - a traditional theme or motif or literary convention; "James Joyce uses the topos of the Wandering Jew in his Ulysses"
|3.||theme - (music) melodic subject of a musical composition; "the theme is announced in the first measures"; "the accompanist picked up the idea and elaborated it"|
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, tune, strain, air, line - a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; "she was humming an air from Beethoven"
statement - (music) the presentation of a musical theme; "the initial statement of the sonata"
variation - a repetition of a musical theme in which it is modified or embellished
|4.||theme - an essay (especially one written as an assignment); "he got an A on his composition"|
essay - an analytic or interpretive literary composition
term paper - a composition intended to indicate a student's progress during a school term
|5.||theme - (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed; "thematic vowels are part of the stem"|
linguistics - the scientific study of language
|Verb||1.||theme - provide with a particular theme or motive; "the restaurant often themes its menus"|
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1. motif, leitmotif, recurrent image, unifying idea The need to strengthen the family has become a recurrent theme.
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1. What a speech, piece of writing, or artistic work is about:
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فِكْرَة موسيقِيَّه مُتَكَرِّرَهمَوْضُوعمَوضوع البَحْث
A. N (gen) → tema m
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[artist, author] → thème m
(= recurring melody) → thème m
modif [bar, restaurant, night] → à thème
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
(= subject) → Thema nt
(US Sch: = essay) → Aufsatz m
n (TV etc) → Themenabend m
n (Film) → Titelmusik f; (TV) → Erkennungsmelodie f
n → Themenpark m
n → Mottoparty f (Party, die unter einem bestimmten Motto steht)
n (Brit) Lokal, das einem bestimmten Thema entsprechend ausgestattet ist, → Themenkneipe f
n → erlebnisgastronomisches Restaurant, Themenrestaurant nt
n = theme music
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1. the subject of a discussion, essay etc. The theme for tonight's talk is education. tema مَوضوع البَحْث тема tema námět das Thema tema; emne θέμαtema, asunto teema, aine موضوع aihe sujetנושא विषय tema, predmet tárgy, téma tema umræðuefni tema, argomento 主題 주제 tema temats; tēma tema themaemne, tematemattema subiect тема námet, téma, predmet tema tema tema, ämne หัวข้อ konu, tema (談話、討論的) 題目，主題 тема; предмет موضوع chủ đề （谈话、讨论的）主题目
2. in a piece of music, the main melody, which may be repeated often. tema فِكْرَة موسيقِيَّه مُتَكَرِّرَه тема tema téma das Thema tema θέμαtema teema بن مایه teema thèmeנושא संगीत विषय tema, motiv téma tema stef tema 主施律 주제곡 tema tēma tema thematema; kjenningsmeloditemattema temă тема; леитмотив téma tema tema tema, ledmotiv ส่วนของบทเพลง ท่อนซ้ำ tema, makam 主旋律 тема موسيقي کا اصل سُر جسے بار بار دہرايا جائے chủ đề 主旋律
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theme→ مَوْضُوع téma tema Thema κεντρική ιδέα tema teema thème tema tema テーマ 주제 thema tema temat tema тема tema หัวข้อ konu chủ đề 主题
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