What does Anthem mean?

Definitions for Anthem
ˈæn θəman·them

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. anthemnoun

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

  2. hymn, anthemnoun

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


  1. Anthemnoun

    A song or hymn of praise or devotion; as, a national anthem. Milton.


  1. anthemnoun


  2. anthemnoun

    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. anthemnoun

    A hymn of praise or loyalty.

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

  4. anthemnoun

    A very popular song or track.

  5. anthemverb

    To celebrate with anthems.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Anthemnoun

    A holy song; a song performed as part of divine service.

    Etymology: ἄνϑυμνος, a hymn sung in alternate parts,

    God Moses first, then David did inspire,
    To compose anthems for his heavenly quire. John Denham.

    There is no passion that is not finely expressed in those parts of the inspired writings, which are proper for divine songs and anthems. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 405.


  1. Anthem

    An anthem is a musical composition of celebration, usually used as a symbol for a distinct group, particularly the national anthems of countries. Originally, and in music theory and religious contexts, it also refers more particularly to short sacred choral work (still frequently seen in Sacred Harp and other types of shape note singing) and still more particularly to a specific form of liturgical music. In this sense, its use began ca. 1550 in English-speaking churches; it uses English language words, in contrast to the originally Roman Catholic 'motet' which sets a Latin text.


  1. anthem

    An anthem is a musical composition of celebration, typically used as a symbol for a specific group, particularly the national anthem of a country. It is often recognizable by a distinct melody and strong, uplifted spirit. Anthems can also be hymns or important religious songs.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Anthemnoun

    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. Anthemnoun

    a song or hymn of praise

  3. Anthemverb

    to celebrate with anthems

  4. Etymology: [OE. antym, antefne, AS. antefen, fr. LL. antiphona, fr. Gr. 'anti`fwna, neut. pl. of 'anti`fwnon antiphon, or anthem, n. neut., from 'anti`fwnos sounding contrary, returning a sound; 'anti` over against + fwnh` sound, voice: the anthem being sung by the choristers alternately, one half-choir answering the other: cf. OF. anthaine, anteine, antieune, F. antienne. See Antiphon.]


  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".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Anthem

    an′them, n. a piece of sacred music sung in alternate parts: a piece of sacred music set to a passage from Scripture: any song of praise or gladness.—v.t. to praise in an anthem.—adv. An′themwise. [A.S. antefn—Gr. antiphonaanti, in return, phōne, the voice. See Antiphon.]

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Anthem

    A hymn sung by the entire congregation, as distinguished from Antiphone, which term expresses a series of choral responses.

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Anagrams for Anthem »

  1. the man

  2. Hemant

  3. hetman

  4. nameth

  5. mentha

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Anthem in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Anthem in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Anthem in a Sentence

  1. Vatican News:

    During the Vatican's anthem, some Austrian women raised their shirts, displaying writing on their stomachs and backs in favor of abortion, then sending pro-LGBT messages in opposition to the church's stance.

  2. Matthew Cantor:

    If Cigna-Anthem craters, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Justice Department agreeing to some kind of divestiture package.

  3. Andrew Lloyd Webber:

    My anthem includes words slightly adapted from Psalm 98. I have scored it for the Westminster Abbey choir and organ, the ceremonial brass and orchestra, i hope my anthem reflects this joyful occasion.

  4. The President:

    They disagree with The President because The President insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country.

  5. Senator Lambie:

    I find that absolutely devastating, we should all be singing the Australian national anthem and we should be doing that with pride, that’s part of us.

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