Definition of mytheme in US English:

mytheme

noun

  • In structuralist anthropology and literary criticism: each of a set of fundamental generic units of narrative structure (typically involving a relationship between a character, an event, and a theme) from which myths are thought to be constructed.

Origin

1960s. From French mythème from mythe + -ème.

Pronunciation

mytheme

/ˈmɪθiːm/