Definitions for anthemˈæn θəm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

an•themˈæn θəm(n.)

  1. a song, as of praise, devotion, or patriotism:

    the national anthem.

    Category: Music and Dance

  2. a piece of sacred vocal music, usu. with words taken from the Scriptures.

    Category: Music and Dance

  3. a hymn sung alternately by different sections of a choir or congregation.

    Category: Music and Dance

Origin of anthem:

bef. 1000; OE antemn(e), antefne < LL antefana, antiphōna < Gk antíphōna (see antiphon )

Princeton's WordNet

  1. anthem(noun)

    a song of devotion or loyalty (as to a nation or school)

  2. hymn, anthem(noun)

    a song of praise (to God or to a saint or to a nation)

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. anthem(noun)ˈæn θəm

    a country's official song

    the national anthem


  1. anthem(Noun)


  2. anthem(Noun)

    A choral or vocal composition, often with a religious or political lyric.

    The school's anthem sang of its many outstanding qualities, and it was hard to keep a straight face while singing.

  3. anthem(Noun)

    A hymn of praise or loyalty.

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

  4. anthem(Noun)

    A very popular song or track.

  5. anthem(Verb)

    To celebrate with anthems.

  6. Origin: From anteme, from antefn, from antiphōna, from ἀντίφωνα, from ἀντί + φωνή. Compare antiphon.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Anthem(noun)

    formerly, a hymn sung in alternate parts, in present usage, a selection from the Psalms, or other parts of the Scriptures or the liturgy, set to sacred music

  2. Anthem(noun)

    a song or hymn of praise

  3. Anthem(verb)

    to celebrate with anthems


  1. Anthem

    The term anthem means either a specific form of Anglican church music, or more generally, a song of celebration, usually acting as a symbol for a distinct group of people, as in the term "national anthem" or "sports anthem".

Translations for anthem

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a piece of music for a church choir usually with words from the Bible.

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