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 anthemic (audio) , -​ˈthe-​ \ adjective

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People attending the first day of Stand Down for homeless veterans and their families pause for the raising of a American flag, the national anthem and Pledge of Allegiance on Friday morning. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Stand Down kicks off weekend of help for homeless vets," 28 June 2019 The US Soccer Federation later enacted a rule requiring players to stand for the anthem. Hayden Bird,, "Trump responds to Megan Rapinoe saying she wouldn’t go to the White House," 26 June 2019 The first was that the president was disinviting the Eagles because of players refusal to stand for the anthem. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "The Patriotic President from Patriotism-ville Doesn't Know the Words to 'God Bless America'," 6 June 2018 Last month, the league unveiled a new policy that requires players to stand during the national anthem or face team fines. Fortune, "Why Trump Just Disinvited the Philadelphia Eagles From Their White House Super Bowl Party," 5 June 2018 After Trump criticized her practice of not singing the anthem in an interview, the 8x8 video was released and went viral. Ann Killion,, "Megan Rapinoe vs. President Trump? A predictable circus on the eve of an epic game," 27 June 2019 She was discovered while singing the national anthem on YouTube. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "These 8 Facts About Maggie Lindemann Will Make You Want To Play Her Music On Repeat," 14 June 2019 The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington was on hand to sing the national anthem. Rachel Desantis,, "Baseball Fans Get Engaged During Washington Nationals' Annual Pride Event," 5 June 2019 On the subject of timeless rock anthems: What’s your favorite? Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: Here's why the U.S. women's soccer World Cup team did the right thing," 13 June 2019

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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

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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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