theme - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    the main subject of something such as a book, speech, art exhibition, or discussion
    theme of:

    Love and honour are the main themes of the book.

    a recurrent/recurring theme (=one that occurs several times):

    Musical instruments are a recurrent theme in his still life paintings.

    a central/main/common/underlying theme:

    Good child care was the central theme of the conference.

  2. 2



    theme music/song/tune

    music a short piece of music that is played at the beginning and end of a radio or television programme or a film

    the theme from the film Rocky

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