noun an·them \ˈan(t)-thəm\

: a formal song of loyalty, praise, or happiness

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

Full Definition of ANTHEM

a :  a psalm or hymn sung antiphonally or responsively
b :  a sacred vocal composition with words usually from the Scriptures
:  a song or hymn of praise or gladness
:  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·mic \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

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue
ANTHEMIC Defined for Kids


noun an·them \ˈan-thəm\

Definition of ANTHEM for Kids

:  a sacred song usually sung by a church choir
:  a patriotic song


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