Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “theme”

See all translations

theme

noun [C] uk   /θiːm/ us  

theme noun [C] (MAIN SUBJECT)

B2 the main subject of a talk, book, film, etc.: The theme of loss runs through most of his novels.
More examples

theme noun [C] (TUNE)

a song or tune that is played several times in a film, etc. and represents a character, situation, etc.: a theme song/tune specialized music a short, simple tune on which a piece of music is basedtheme and variation a musical form in which a theme is played and then repeated several times with small changes
Translations of “theme”
in Korean 주제…
in Arabic مَوْضوع…
in French sujet, thème…
in Turkish tema, konu…
in Italian soggetto…
in Chinese (Traditional) 主題, (談話、書籍、電影等的)題目,主題…
in Russian тема…
in Polish temat…
in Spanish tema, asunto…
in Portuguese tema…
in German das Thema…
in Catalan tema…
in Japanese テーマ, 主題, 論題…
in Chinese (Simplified) 主题, (谈话、书籍、电影等的)题目,主题…
(Definition of theme from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of theme?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “theme” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

white Christmas

a Christmas when it snows

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More