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
CHOPIN played in the background and, as night fell, the crowd on the square in front of the Supreme Court in Warsaw sang the Polish national anthem.
The Opening Day race anthem, betting window brigade and the hat contest parade of elegant, humorous and race-themed chapeaux, sometimes so heavy their wearers stagger to stand.
During the national anthem, Pienaar bit his lip so hard that blood trickled down his chin.
Today, Miss Eaves drops another contender for summer anthem, the third single from her upcoming album Feminasty.
His tune, widely interpreted as an anti-authoritarian anthem, climbed the charts and spawned a new countercultural movement, Tropicalismo.
The magic of Days Are Gone was in how the band arrived with this routine fully realized in a slew of pillowy, all-enveloping anthems.
Why don’t people realize that Colin Kaepernick’s protest didn’t prevent anyone else from standing for the national anthem?
Entertainment will start at 6 p.m. with the national anthem sung by 2017 RB Idol winner Madden Pearce.
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Origin and Etymology of anthem
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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