December 06, 2016
Learner's Word of the Day
theme /ˈθiːm/ noun

plural themes

The main theme in the movie is good versus evil.
The main theme in the movie is good versus evil.
Learner's definition of THEME


1 : the main subject that is being discussed or described in a piece of writing, a movie, etc.

  • 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.

2 a : a particular subject or issue that is discussed often or repeatedly

  • The growing deficit was a dominant theme in the election.

b : the particular subject or idea on which the style of something (such as a party or room) is based

  • The party had a Hawaiian luau theme.

  • The theme of the baby's room was zoo animals. [=the baby's bedroom was decorated with pictures of zoo animals]

  • a theme party

3 music

a : the main melody that is repeated in a piece of music

  • They played the theme from/to the movie “Rocky.”

4 US : a short piece of writing by a student on a particular subject : ESSAY

  • The students were assigned to write a theme on the person they admired most.

Get Learner's Word of the Day daily email!
More Learner's Words of the Day