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. 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)

GCIDE

  1. Anthem(n.)

    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. anthem(Noun)

    Antiphon.

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

  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.

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

  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.

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

  4. anthem(Noun)

    A very popular song or track.

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

  5. anthem(Verb)

    To celebrate with anthems.

    Etymology: 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

    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. Anthem(noun)

    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. Anthem(verb)

    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.

Anagrams for anthem »

  1. hetman

  2. nameth

  3. Hemant

  4. the man

How to pronounce anthem?

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How to say anthem in sign language?

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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. 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.

  2. Dave Jones:

    California has a highly consolidated insurance market today. This merger with Anthem and Cigna will only make that situation worse.

  3. Roger Goodell:

    We want people to be respectful of the national anthem.

  4. Novak Djokovic:

    We were very pleased when we heard the reception the fans gave to the Croatians and the respect they showed for their national anthem, that’s something that you don’t see very often because the wounds of the war are still fresh and we are very happy with the way these people showed their support. They fully deserve to have this event.

  5. 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.

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