an·​them | \ ˈan(t)-thəm How to pronounce anthem (audio) \

Definition of anthem

1 : a song or hymn of praise or gladness a patriotic anthem
2 : a usually rousing popular song that typifies or is identified with a particular subculture, movement, or point of view anthems of teenage angst
3a : a psalm or hymn sung antiphonally or responsively
b : a sacred vocal composition with words usually from the Scriptures

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Other Words from anthem

anthemic \ ˌan(t)-​ˈthē-​mik How to pronounce anthem (audio) , -​ˈthe-​ \ adjective

Examples of anthem in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Sauk City native did some time in Nashville before settling in Nashotah, but this dusty blue-collar anthem has a lot more character and twang in its three-minute runtime than most of the radio-ready singles coming out of Music Row these days. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "10 top Milwaukee songs and albums for April: Solowke, You Win !!!, Mark Waldoch and more," 1 Apr. 2021 Delegates stand with hands over hearts during the national anthem at the Utah Republican Party's 2019 Organizing Convention at Utah Valley University in Orem. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Five candidates line up to lead the Utah Republican Party," 1 Apr. 2021 Homegrown singer and songwriter Jason Mraz belted out the national anthem. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Hearing cheers pumps up Padres in comeback win over D-backs," 1 Apr. 2021 The outspoken and poignant anthem earned Latifah a Grammy for best rap solo performance in 1995. Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, "For women, by women: 10 timeless anthems keeping empowerment alive," 31 Mar. 2021 First pitch is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. After both teams have been introduced, Springfield native Michelle Brooks-Thompson will perform the national anthem., "See the schedule for the Red Sox’ Opening Day ceremonies," 31 Mar. 2021 The national anthem would be sung by a variety of singers, and played by a variety of instrumentalists. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "If I Owned a Sports Team," 31 Mar. 2021 Two recordings of this song, often called the Black national anthem, were inducted into the Registry in 2016. Paul Grein, Billboard, "These 6 Songs Each Have 2 Versions in the National Recording Registry," 29 Mar. 2021 Mare’s latest release, ‘Que Mujer’–– which debuts today on all streaming platforms –– is a new national anthem that meets the moment in modern-day machista Mexico with precision, passion, and prowess. Andrea Aliseda,, "Meet Mare Advertencia Lirika: Oaxaca’s Voice Of Revolution," 26 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of anthem

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

History and Etymology for 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 entry 1

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“Anthem.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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an·​them | \ ˈan-thəm How to pronounce anthem (audio) \

Kids Definition of anthem

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

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