1. A topic of discourse or discussion. See Synonyms at subject.
2. A subject of artistic representation.
3. An implicit or recurrent idea; a motif: a party with a tropical island theme.
4. A short composition assigned to a student as a writing exercise.
5. Music A recurring melodic element in a composition, especially a melody forming the basis of a set of variations.
a. See topic.
b. A stem.
[Middle English teme, theme, from Old French tesme, from Latin thema, from Greek; see dhē- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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