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

Examples of anthem in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps notably, proceeds from the national anthem and America the Beautiful performances will be donated to the NFL’s new Inspire Change initiative, which aims to advance education, police and community relations, and criminal justice reform. Whizy Kim,, "How Much Did Jennifer Lopez & Shakira Make For Their Super Bowl Performance?," 3 Feb. 2020 Fresh off her moving performance at the 2020 Grammys, Demi Lovato returned to the spotlight on Sunday, February 2, to perform the national anthem at the Super Bowl in Miami, Florida. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Demi Lovato’s National Anthem at Super Bowl 2020 Was So Powerful," 2 Feb. 2020 Demi Lovato will sing the national anthem, and Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will perform at the halftime show. Jeffrey Van Camp, Wired, "How to Stream the 2020 Super Bowl, Kitten Bowl, and Puppy Bowl," 2 Feb. 2020 Cuban-American rapper Pitbull will perform during pregame festivities, and Demi Lovato, whose father is Mexican, will perform the national anthem. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "J-Lo and Shakira prepare for historic, Hispanic Super Bowl halftime performance," 30 Jan. 2020 Trumpeters Al Hirt and Doc Severinsen provided the pregame entertainment, with Hirt performing the national anthem. Andrew Mahoney,, "Things were very different the last time the Chiefs were in the Super Bowl 50 years ago," 29 Jan. 2020 There was a moment of silence before the singing of the national anthem and introduction of the starting lineups. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns lose in ugly game to Memphis Grizzlies as players struggle with news of Kobe Bryant's death," 26 Jan. 2020 Christian singer Lauren Daigle performed the national anthem at the LSU/Clemson game. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Lauren Daigle Shocked Everyone With Her Powerful Rendition of the National Anthem," 14 Jan. 2020 Kam Franklin, the lead vocalist of popular Houston band The Suffers, will perform the national anthem, and rapper/singer/songwriter T-Pain will perform at halftime. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Hakeem Olajuwon, T-Pain among special guests at Texans-Bills playoff game," 3 Jan. 2020

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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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24 Feb 2020

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“Anthem.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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