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From Middle High German thema (14th c.), from Latin thema, from Ancient Greek θέμα (théma).


  • IPA(key): /ˈteːma/
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  • Rhymes: -eːma



Thema n (strong, genitive Themas, plural Themen or (elevated) Themata or (music, rare) Themas, diminutive Themchen n or Themachen n)

  1. topic, subject, issue
    Das Thema hatten wir schon.We've already talked about this (subject).
    • 2010, Der Spiegel[1], number 28/2010, page 93:
      Fast alle Amerikaner können ihre Wurzeln in fremde Länder zurückverfolgen, und deshalb ist Einwanderung ein Thema, das die Identität der USA auf besondere Weise berührt.
      Nearly all Americans can trace back their roots into foreign countries, and therefore immigration is an issue that touches the identity of the US in a special way.
  2. (music) theme
  3. (grammar, archaic) theme (stem of an inflected word)
    Synonym: Stamm



Derived terms



  • Hunsrik: Tema
  • Japanese: テーマ (tēma)
  • Russian: те́ма (téma)
  • Esperanto: temo

Further reading

  • Thema” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • Thema” in Uni Leipzig: Wortschatz-Lexikon
  • Thema” in Duden online
  • Thema” in
  • Thema on the German Wikipedia.Wikipedia de