theme Definition

  • 1the subject of a talk, piece of writing, exhibition, etc.; a topic
  • 2an idea that recurs in or pervades a work of art or literature

Using theme: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "theme" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The theme of the conference is 'Sustainability and Innovation'.

  • Example

    The book's central theme is the struggle for power.

  • Example

    The movie's theme song is very catchy.

  • Example

    The artist often explores the theme of identity in her work.

theme Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using theme

  • the party's over

    used to indicate that a particular period of enjoyment or success has come to an end


    After graduation, it was time to face the real world and realize that the party's over.

  • strike a chord

    to resonate emotionally with someone; to evoke a strong emotional response


    The movie's theme of redemption struck a chord with audiences around the world.

  • to quickly rehearse or review something, especially a performance or presentation


    Before the big presentation, we decided to run through the main themes one more time.

Phrases with theme

  • an amusement park designed around a central theme, such as a particular period in history or a popular movie franchise


    We spent the whole day at the theme park, riding roller coasters and eating cotton candy.

  • a song that is played at the beginning or end of a television show or movie, which often reflects the show's or movie's theme or mood


    The theme song for the James Bond movies is one of the most recognizable pieces of music in the world.

  • a recurrent theme throughout a musical or literary composition, associated with a particular person, idea, or situation


    The composer used a leitmotif to represent the villain in the opera.

Origins of theme

from Greek 'thema', meaning 'a proposition, subject, deposit'


Summary: theme in Brief

The term 'theme' [θiːm] refers to the subject or topic of a talk, piece of writing, or work of art. It can also refer to an idea that recurs throughout a work of art or literature. Examples include 'The theme of the conference is 'Sustainability and Innovation'' and 'The artist often explores the theme of identity in her work.' 'Theme' extends into phrases like 'theme park,' and idioms like 'strike a chord,' denoting emotional resonance, and 'run through,' implying quick rehearsal.

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