anthem

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noun an·them \ˈan(t)-thəm\

Definition of anthem

  1. 1 :  a song or hymn of praise or gladness a patriotic anthem

  2. 2 :  a usually rousing popular song that typifies or is identified with a particular subculture, movement, or point of view anthems of teenage angst

  3. 3a :  a psalm or hymn sung antiphonally or responsivelyb :  a sacred vocal composition with words usually from the Scriptures

anthemic

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

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

anthem

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noun an·them \ˈan-thəm\

Definition of anthem for Students

  1. 1 :  a sacred song usually sung by a church choir

  2. 2 :  a patriotic song



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