theme


theme
theme
W2S2 [θi:m] n
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1¦(subject)¦
2 theme music/song/tune
3¦(repeated tune)¦
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[Date: 1200-1300; : Latin; Origin: thema, from Greek, 'something laid down, theme', from tithenai 'to put']
1.) ¦(SUBJECT)¦
the main subject or idea in a piece of writing, speech, film etc
The book's theme is the conflict between love and duty.
main/central/major etc theme
Campbell has made health care a central theme in his campaign.
Nature is a recurrent theme (=a theme that appears repeatedly) in Frost's poetry.
Most of Kurt's other pictures were variations on the same theme .
2.) theme music/song/tune
music or a song that is often played during a film or musical play, or at the beginning and end of a television or radio programme
the theme song from 'The Brady Bunch'
3.) ¦(REPEATED TUNE)¦
a short simple tune that is repeated and developed in a piece of music
Freia's theme in Wagner's opera
4.) ¦(STYLE)¦
a particular style
Her bedroom is decorated in a Victorian theme.
5.) ¦(PIECE OF WRITING)¦
AmE old-fashioned a short piece of writing on a particular subject that you do for school
= ↑essay theme on
Your homework is to write a two-page theme on pollution.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Theme — Theme, n. [OE. teme, OF. teme, F. th[ e]me, L. thema, Gr. ?, fr. ? to set, place. See {Do}, and cf. {Thesis}.] 1. A subject or topic on which a person writes or speaks; a proposition for discussion or argument; a text. [1913 Webster] My theme is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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