What does anthem mean?

Definitions for anthem
ˈæn θəman·them

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word anthem.

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)

GCIDE

  1. Anthemnoun

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

    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.]

Wiktionary

  1. anthemnoun

    Antiphon.

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

  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.

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

  3. anthemnoun

    A hymn of praise or loyalty.

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

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

  4. anthemnoun

    A very popular song or track.

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

  5. anthemverb

    To celebrate with anthems.

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

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

    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.]

  2. Anthemnoun

    a song or hymn of praise

    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.]

  3. Anthemverb

    to celebrate with anthems

    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.]

Freebase

  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.

Matched Categories

Anagrams for anthem »

  1. hetman

  2. nameth

  3. Hemant

  4. the man

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Numerology

  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. Torrey Smith:

    It's a cowardly act to cancel the celebration because the majority of the people don't want to see you, no one refused to go simply because Trump 'insists' folks stand for the anthem.

  2. Ira Glasser:

    You will be pleased to know I stand obediently for the national anthem, though of course I would defend your right to remain seated should you so decide.

  3. President Trump:

    I do n’t think people should be staying in the locker rooms, but still I think it’s good. You have to stand proudly for National Anthem, you should n’t be playing, you should n’t be there. Maybe they should n’t be in the country.

  4. Paul McCartney:

    It was just mind blowing, totally turned the song into a soul anthem and I was forever grateful to him for doing that.

  5. Toby Perkins:

    It has often seemed incongruous to me that when England has played against other home nations on the football or rugby field, that while the Welsh or Scots sing an anthem that reflects their nation's identity, England should sing about Britain, it reflects the sense that we see Britain and England as synonymous and this not only denies us English an opportunity to celebrate the nation that is being represented but is also a cause for resentment among other countries within the British isles who feel that England have requisitioned the British song.

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