1. A subject or topic on which a person writes or speaks; a proposition for discussion or argument; a text.
My theme is alway one and ever was. --Chaucer.
And when a soldier was the theme, my name
Was not far off. --Shak.
2. Discourse on a certain subject.
Then ran repentance and rehearsed his theme. --Piers Plowman.
It was the subject of my theme. --Shak.
3. A composition or essay required of a pupil.
4. Gram. A noun or verb, not modified by inflections; also, that part of a noun or verb which remains unchanged (except by euphonic variations) in declension or conjugation; stem.
5. That by means of which a thing is done; means; instrument. [Obs.]
6. Mus. The leading subject of a composition or a movement.
n 1: the subject matter of a conversation or discussion; "he
didn't want to discuss that subject"; "it was a very
sensitive topic"; "his letters were always on the theme
of love" [syn: subject, topic]
2: a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or
artistic work; "it was the usual `boy gets girl' theme"
3: (music) melodic subject of a musical composition; "the theme
is announced in the first measures"; "the accompanist
picked up the idea and elaborated it" [syn: melodic theme,
musical theme, idea]
4: an essay (especially one written as an assignment); "he got
an A on his composition" [syn: composition, paper, report]
5: (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are
removed; "thematic vowels are part of the stem" [syn: root,
root word, base, stem, radical]
v : provide with a particular theme or motive; "the restaurant
often themes its menus"