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See also: thema and þema



Borrowed from Latin thema.


  • IPA(key): /ˈteːma/ (standard)
  • IPA(key): /ˈteːmɐ/ (commonly)
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  • Rhymes: -eːma, -eːmɐ


Thema n (strong, genitive Themas, plural Themen or Themata or Themas)

  1. topic, subject, issue
    Das Thema hatten wir schon.We've already talked about this (subject).
    • 2010, Der Spiegel, issue 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

Usage notes[edit]

  • The normal plural is Themen.
  • The plural Themata is restricted to elevated, academic style. The form Themas is sometimes seen in the musical sense, otherwise it is nonstandard.


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  • Japanese: テーマ (rōmaji tēma)
  • Russian: те́ма (téma)

Further reading[edit]

  • Thema” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • Thema” in Uni Leipzig: Wortschatz-Lexikon
  • Thema” in Duden online
  • Thema” in
  • Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg Thema on the German Wikipedia.Wikipedia de