Anthem meaning

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A hymn of praise or loyalty.
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An anthem is defined as a piece of music intended to be sung to express patriotism, love, or commitment.

An example of an anthem is the Star Spangled Banner.

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The definition of an anthem is a piece of music or hymn that is intended to be holy and often contains excerpts from the Bible.

An example of an anthem is Exultati Deo by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina.

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A choral composition having a sacred or moralizing text in English.
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A song of praise or devotion, as to a nation, college, etc.
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To anthem is defined as to celebrate using patriotic or devotional music.

An example of a group that may anthem is the winning team at the conclusion of the World Cup.

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A popular song, especially a rock song felt to sum up the attitudes or feelings associated with a period or social group.
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(archaic) Antiphon.
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The school's anthem sang of its many outstanding qualities, and it was hard to keep a straight face while singing.

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The choir sang a selection of Christmas anthems at the service just before the big day.

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(informal) A very popular song or track.
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(poetic) To celebrate with anthems.
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(archaic) A religious song sung antiphonally.
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Any well-known song or recording regarded as being inspirational or iconic.

A rock anthem played often by marching bands.

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A religious choral song usually based on words from the Bible.
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Origin of anthem

  • Middle English anteme from Old English antefn from Late Latin antiphōna from Late Greek from neuter pl. of antiphōnos sounding in answer anti- in return anti– phōnē voice bhā-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English anteme, from Old English antefn, from Late Latin antiphōna, from Ancient Greek ἀντίφωνα (antiphona), from ἀντί (anti, “over against”) + φωνή (phone, “voice, sound”). Compare antiphon.

    From Wiktionary