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anthem

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noun an·them \ˈan(t)-thəm\

Simple Definition of anthem

  • : a formal song of loyalty, praise, or happiness

  • : a song that is important to a particular group of people

Full Definition of anthem

  1. 1 a :  a psalm or hymn sung antiphonally or responsively b :  a sacred vocal composition with words usually from the Scriptures

  2. 2 :  a song or hymn of praise or gladness

  3. 3 :  a usually rousing popular song that typifies or is identified with a particular subculture, movement, or point of view <anthems of teenage angst>

an·the·micplay \ˌan(t)-ˈthē-mik, -ˈthe-\ adjective

Examples of anthem

  1. <fervently sang an anthem of praise to the Lord>



Origin of anthem

Middle English antem, from Old English antefn, from Late Latin antiphona, from Late Greek antiphōna, plural of antiphōnon, from Greek, neuter of antiphōnos responsive, from anti- + phōnē sound — more at ban


First Known Use: before 12th century



ANTHEM Defined for Kids

anthem

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noun an·them \ˈan-thəm\

Definition of anthem

  1. 1 :  a sacred song usually sung by a church choir

  2. 2 :  a patriotic song





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