Topic: FILM

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Latin
Origin: thema, from Greek, 'something laid down, theme', from tithenai 'to put'


theme S2 W2 [countable]


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.

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'

repeated tune

a short simple tune that is repeated and developed in a piece of music:
Freia's theme in Wagner's opera


a particular style:
Her bedroom is decorated in a Victorian theme.

piece of writing

American EnglishSES 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.

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