- n. The official song of a nation or country, generally of a patriotic nature and played at events to celebrate or honor the nation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. a popular song or hymn which has become by general acceptance the recognized musical expression of the patriotic sentiment of a nation; as, “God save the King” is called the
national anthemof England.
- n. a song formally adopted as the anthem for a nation
“Then the first bars of the national anthem were heard as the tank opened fire and Radio Prague went silent.”
“The marchers sang the national anthem and in between chanted slogans, among them "Send Cohn-Bendit to Dachau.”
“But a huge T-55 tank moved into firing position, and Radio Prague broadcast the message, "Sad brothers, when you hear the national anthem you will know that it is over.”
“In the village of Lazcano, the village priest denounced the organist for having played the Spanish national anthem during "the elevation of the sacrament.”
“As the U.S. national anthem played, each raised one black gloved hand in the fist that symbolized Black Power.”
“After the national anthem was sung by the government and guerrilla sides alike, James LeMoyne and I approached one of the key guerrilla leaders, Raul Reyes, their external relations head.”
“They then marched through the streets toward central Hanoi's landmark Hoan Kiem Lake, singing the national anthem and shouting anti-Chinese messages.”
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