from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

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  • n. A song which accompanies a television or radio program, usually as an intro or outro.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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


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