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 responsivelyb : a sacred vocal composition with words usually from the Scriptures
anthemicplay \ˌan(t)-ˈthē-mik, -ˈthe-\ adjective
Recent Examples of anthem from the Web
One was thrown during warmups and two after the anthem.
Singer Pat Boone is scheduled to sing the national anthem at the Celebration of Athletes at the BJCC on Friday, June 9, and will also compete in basketball on June 8-9.
Now the biggest guessing game is which star will sing the national anthem next.
Kaepernick took a knee during the anthem before 49ers games last season to bring attention to social injustice, including police abuse of minorities.
The Hinsdale Chorale and the marching band performed the national anthem and a patriotic medley.
The Sweet Reminders vocal group performed the national anthem and a collection of military songs.
In 2002, the first President of independent Slovenia was welcomed to Romania with the Slovakian national anthem.
During the playoffs, stars of country music have performed the national anthem, including Trisha Yearwood, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum and Carrie Underwood, Fisher’s wife.
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Origin and Etymology 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
ANTHEM Defined for Kids
Definition of anthem for Students
1 : a sacred song usually sung by a church choir
2 : a patriotic song
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