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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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>

anthemic

play \ˌan(t)-ˈthē-mik, -ˈthe-\ adjective

Examples of anthem in a sentence

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



Origin and Etymology 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 for Students

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

  2. 2 :  a patriotic song





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