Definition of theme
1a : a subject or topic of discourse or of artistic representation guilt and punishment is the theme of the storyb : a specific and distinctive quality, characteristic, or concern the campaign has lacked a theme
2 : a melodic subject of a musical composition or movement
4 : stem 4
themedplay \ˈthēmd\ adjective
Examples of theme in a Sentence
If one theme unites his scholarship it is that the Old South cannot be viewed as a monolith. —Eric Foner, New York Times Book Review, 8 Apr. 2007
One reiterated theme of his book is that the electoral process can be the most dangerous of delusions, tending to confer a spurious legitimacy on those most willing to corrupt it. —Hilary Mantel, New York Review, 21 Sept. 2006
The Eve of biblical legend was a temptress, thus initiating a lamentable theme in the history of sexism. —Stephen Jay Gould, Discover, July 1992
The quest for power is the underlying theme of the film.
A constant theme in his novels is religion.
The playwright skillfully brings together various themes.
The album focuses on themes of love and loss.
Adventures are popular themes in children's books.
The growing deficit was a dominant theme in the election.
The party had a Hawaiian luau theme.
They played the theme from the movie “Rocky.”
Recent Examples of theme from the Web
There are a lot of themes in there that continue to track through the years.
Made for Love is a decidedly more lighthearted affair, both in terms of theme and tone.
Trump may also get some advice from Putin about how to stand up to officials and bureaucrats who try to rein in his impulses and ideas, a theme that the Russian president has warmed to in recent weeks.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival The 50th annual festival highlights international and American cultures with craft exhibits, live music, cooking demos and vendors — this year with themes of American circus arts and migration.
That’s a theme that has been voiced by groups and individuals who have come to school board meetings in higher numbers to ask for explanations for school board choices.
Over the years, Hobby Lobby has undertaken numerous efforts to promote evangelical Christianity, producing films with biblical themes, operating a chain of Christian bookstores and donating to Christian charities.
In terms of theme, the designers totally nailed it here.
The FIRST Global Challenge will bring teams of teenage students from more than 100 countries to Washington, D.C., to tackle obstacles on the theme of providing clean water with technology — but the all-female Afghan team won't be there.
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THEME Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of theme for English Language Learners
: the main subject that is being discussed or described in a piece of writing, a movie, etc.
: a particular subject or issue that is discussed often or repeatedly
: the particular subject or idea on which the style of something (such as a party or room) is based
THEME Defined for Kids
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