theme song

plural theme songs

Definition of theme song

1 : a song or melody strongly associated with someone or something a famous performer's theme song the theme song of a political campaign often : an identifying melody or song typically played at the beginning of a movie, television show, etc., and sometimes recurring during its course Some of these shows were truly unforgettable, with catchy theme songs that are instantly recognizable decades later. — Grant Butler
2 : a statement, expression, or opinion repeatedly heard from someone But literary history is also entangled with criticism. Inevitably so; let me revert unblushingly to my theme song: in order to appreciate a masterpiece, we must be acquainted with its language …— Albert Guerard

Examples of theme song in a Sentence

He was playing the theme song from “The Godfather.”
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First Known Use of theme song

1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of theme song was in 1908

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15 Oct 2021

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“Theme song.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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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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