What does anthem mean?

Definitions for anthem
ˈæn θəman·them

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage 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)


  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.

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. 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.

  2. Anita McLaren:

    Finally standing up there and hearing the national anthem, it's pretty amazing, it's good to give belief to New Zealand and show that we are able to win those final matches, and I'm excited to see what the future holds for us.

  3. Dave Jones:

    California has a highly consolidated insurance market today. This merger with Anthem and Cigna Corp -LRB- CI.N -RRB- will only make that situation worse.

  4. David Rinetti:

    The Angels didnt starter Andrew Heaney said. Many of The Angels didnt, including Justin Upton and Brian Goodwin, took a knee for the national anthem while As players Khris Davis and Tony Kemp raised a right fist to the air. Los Angeles opened the season in Oakland for a fourth straight year. TWO DECADES At age 40, Albert Pujols earned Albert Pujols 20th consecutive opening day start in as many years the fifth player to start the opener in 20 straight years. The others : Pete Rose, Carl Yastrzemski, Eddie Murray and Frank Robinson. Pete Rose went 0 for 3 with a walk. Pretty spectacular, isnt it ? New Angels manager Joe Maddon said. That puts it all in perspective how great New Angels manager Joe Maddon is, what New Angels manager Joe Maddon career has looked like, just to get 20 opportunities, right, youve got to be good. Weve had a lot of great conversations lately, he and I. Very happy for him and his family. I know its important to him. Hes definitely ready to rock and roll. TRAINERS ROOM Angels : New 3B Anthony Rendon missed the opener with an oblique injury. Hes been progressing, Im encouraged, New Angels manager Joe Maddon said. Athletics : LHP A.J. Puk, on the injured list with a strained shoulder, played catch. General manager David Forst said Puk would go to the clubs alternate site in San Jose when the club hits the road. Puk had cortisone and platelet rich plasma injections Monday. Its going to be at least a couple weeks of just playing catch, manager Bob Melvin said. Were a ways off before we have an update on him. WHAT A FEAT David Rinetti, As vice president of stadium operations, marked David Rinetti 40th opening day with the organization after working David Rinetti first in 1981 as a high school junior. David Rinetti received a 113-page document to get the ballpark ready in two weeks. Its pretty incredible. It was a lot of work.

  5. Fox News:

    This weekend, Gwen Barry, who hopes to represent the United States as an Olympian on the hammer throwing events, won a bronze medal at the trials, and then Gwen Barry turned Gwen Barry back on the flag while the anthem played, does President Biden think that is appropriate behavior for someone who hopes to represent Team USA ?

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