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Meaning of “theme” in the English Dictionary

"theme" in British English

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themenoun [C]

uk   us   /θiːm/
  • theme noun [C] (MAIN SUBJECT)

B2 the ​mainsubject of a ​talk, ​book, ​film, etc.: The theme of ​lossruns through most of his ​novels.

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  • 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, ​simpletune on which a ​piece of ​music is ​basedtheme and variation a ​musicalform in which a theme is ​played and then ​repeated several ​times with ​smallchanges
(Definition of theme from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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themenoun [C]

 us   /θim/
  • theme noun [C] (SUBJECT)

the ​topic of ​discussion or writing: The theme of the ​conference was the ​changingrole of women in ​modernsociety. literature, art A theme is also the ​mainidea of a ​work of ​literature or ​art.
  • theme noun [C] (MUSIC)

a ​short, ​simpletune on which a ​piece of ​music is ​basedtheme and variation music Theme and ​variation is a ​musicalform in which a theme is ​played and then ​repeated several ​times with ​smallchanges in ​interestingways.
(Definition of theme from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “theme”
in Korean 주제…
in Arabic مَوْضوع…
in Malaysian tema…
in French sujet, thème…
in Russian тема…
in Chinese (Traditional) 主題, (談話、書籍、電影等的)題目,主題…
in Italian soggetto…
in Turkish tema, konu…
in Polish temat…
in Spanish tema, asunto…
in Vietnamese chủ đề…
in Portuguese tema…
in Thai หัวข้อ, ส่วนของบทเพลง ท่อนซ้ำ…
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…
in Indonesian tema…
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