- Archaic a religious song sung antiphonally
- a religious choral song usually based on words from the Bible
- a song of praise or devotion, as to a nation, college, etc.
- any well-known song or recording regarded as being inspirational or iconic: a rock anthem played often by marching bands
Origin of anthemMiddle English antefne from Old English antefn from Medieval Latin antifona, antiphona from Classical Greek antiph?na from antiph?nos, sounding back from anti-, over against + ph?n?, voice: see phono-