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".

Anagrams of anthem

  1. hetman

  2. nameth

  3. Hemant

  4. the man

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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