American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An often repeated song in a musical play that is identified with the work or one of its characters.
- n. A song that is identified with a performer, group, or radio or television program.
- n. music, broadcasting A song which accompanies a television or radio program, usually as an intro or outro.
- n. a melody that recurs and comes to represent a musical play or movie
- n. a melody used to identify a performer or a dance band or radio/tv program
“Disney’s Davy Crockett “Kilt him a b’ar when he was only three!” proclaimed the hit theme song got into a tomahawk fight in his first episode, “Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter.””
“You can almost hear Britney singing that bump-and-grind Pepsi theme song in the background: The rrrride!”
“Suddenly Bessie, grim-eyed, set up the languishing theme song of a film.”
“A jaunty, upbeat song featuring Stevie Wonder's uplifting harmonica playing, the single didn't make much of an impact on the charts (it's two week stay peaked at #13), but found success as it seemed destined to be the theme song to the new millennium.”
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