an·them | \ˈan(t)-thəm \

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

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Players may remain in the locker room during the anthem. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "NFL Players Association Challenges National-Anthem Policy," 10 July 2018 At a meeting in late May, the 32 N.F.L. owners voted to overhaul their protocol for what players must do during the anthem. Ken Belson, New York Times, "N.F.L. Players Association Files Grievance Over Anthem Policy," 10 July 2018 A month later Colin Kaepernick remained seated during the anthem. Shira Springer,, "Here are nine changes that would be good for women’s sports," 22 June 2018 People forget that Kaepernick isn’t the first to balk at standing during the anthem. Nina Mandell, For The Win, "Shaq told ex-teammate who protested during national anthem in 1996: 'That's tripping'," 21 June 2018 Players were taking a knee during the anthem to make a statement against police killing unarmed black men. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Uninvited Eagles the latest example of Donald Trump's awful (yet brilliant) subterfuge," 6 June 2018 Players would be allowed to stay in the locker room, during the anthem, however. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "NFL Players Association Responds as President Trump Criticizes Eagles Players for Snubbing White House," 5 June 2018 However, none of the players on the Eagles kneeled during the anthem during the last regular season or postseason. Khadrice Rollins,, "White House Statement: 'Vast Majority of the Eagles Team Decided to Abandon Their Fans'," 5 June 2018 Several top Trump’s administration officials, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, have publicly called for the NFL owners to create a new rule banning players from kneeling during the anthem. Fortune, "Why Trump Just Disinvited the Philadelphia Eagles From Their White House Super Bowl Party," 5 June 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of anthem

1 : a sacred song usually sung by a church choir

2 : a patriotic song

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