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"theme" in British English

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themenoun [C]

uk   /θiːm/  us   /θiːm/
  • 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.

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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, simple tune on which a piece of music is based
theme and variation
a musical form in which a theme is played and then repeated several times with small changes
(Definition of theme from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"theme" in American English

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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 changing role of women in modern society.
literature, art A theme is also the main idea of a work of literature or art.
  • theme noun [C] (MUSIC)

a short, simple tune on which a piece of music is based
theme and variation music
Theme and variation is a musical form in which a theme is played and then repeated several times with small changes in interesting ways.
(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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“theme” in British English

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