theme song

noun

Definition of theme song 

1 : a melody recurring so often in a musical play that it characterizes the production or one of its characters

2 : a song used as a signature

Examples of theme song in a Sentence

He was playing the theme song from “The Godfather.”

Recent Examples on the Web

In the wise words of the Cheers theme song, Tess just wants to go somewhere where everybody knows her name. refinery29.com, "Sweetbitter Episode 4: Champagne With Simone," 28 May 2018 Speaking of sports, though, Big Red Machine did the theme song for a soccer podcast called American Fiasco, about the United States' 1998 World Cup effort. Carrie Blackmore Smith, Cincinnati.com, "A different kind of Big Red Machine is back," 13 July 2018 Last week's call-up of young prospect Kyle Tucker meant another pro wrestling theme song was added to the mix of Astros' walk-up music. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Kyle Tucker adds John Cena to Astros' walk-up song playlist," 11 July 2018 The series uses a winning combination of fast cars, cool gadgets, exotic locales and theme songs sung by top artists of the day, including Paul McCartney, Adele, and Carly Simon. Charles Stockdale And John Harrington, USA TODAY, "Every James Bond film ranked from worst to best," 18 June 2018 Estefan sings the theme song of the new show which has the same lyrics of the original sitcom but features horns and a tropical beat. Johnny Diaz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Gloria Estefan joining the cast of 'One Day At A Time' on Netflix," 25 June 2018 Daniel Craig is reportedly reprising his role as James Bond, and Adele may be singing the theme song again, according to Mirror. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Daniel Craig and Adele May Be Doing Another James Bond Movie," 10 July 2017 Beatz’s latest sample is ripped directly from Fortnite’s main menu theme song. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Murda Beatz’s song Fortnite is a #1 Victory Royale," 11 July 2018 During the Armed Forces Salute, the symphony played the theme songs from each of the five branches of the military. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "Thousands celebrate Independence Day at the July 3 symphony concert," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of theme song

1929, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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theme song

noun

English Language Learners Definition of theme song

: a song that is played at the beginning and end of a television show, movie, etc.

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