Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A hymn of praise or loyalty.
  • n. A choral composition having a sacred or moralizing text in English.
  • n. A modern ballad accompanied by rock music instrumentation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Antiphon.
  • n. A choral or vocal composition, often with a religious or political lyric.
  • n. A hymn of praise or loyalty.
  • n. A very popular song or track.
  • v. To celebrate with anthems.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. A song or hymn of praise or devotion.
  • transitive v. To celebrate with anthems.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Originally, a hymn sung in alternate parts; in modern usage, a piece of sacred music set to words usually taken from the Psalms or other parts of the Scriptures; a developed motet.
  • To celebrate or salute with an anthem or song.
  • n. Hence A song or hymn expressive of praise, patriotism, loyalty, etc., and set to music.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a song of praise (to God or to a saint or to a nation)
  • n. a song of devotion or loyalty (as to a nation or school)

Etymologies

Middle English anteme, from Old English antefn, from Late Latin antiphōna, from Late Greek, from neuter pl. of antiphōnos, sounding in answer : anti-, in return; see anti- + phōnē, voice.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English anteme, from Old English antefn, from Late Latin antiphōna, from Ancient Greek ἀντίφωνα (antiphona), from ἀντί (anti, "over against") + φωνή (phone, "voice, sound"). Compare antiphon. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The first stanza of the anthem translates as: 'Germany, Germany above all/Above all in the world.

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  • "I've always wanted to be a rock star, so starting out with the anthem is a good way," Thompson said.

    USATODAY.com - Thompson anchors U.S. team to gold

  • Ireland's Call - now that's what I call an anthem... followed by the inevitably more staid sounds of Botha's dibbly dobblies will be missed but Wilson, who is usually a keeper, is breaking through for Surrey so should provide good batting depth.

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  • The first stanza of the anthem translates as: "Germany, Germany above all/Above all in the world.

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  • It was during the war that Emmett gained national prominence for his most famous song, which today is known as the anthem of Southern racism, but for Emmett was actually a wish to be a slave:

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  • Nina, the anthem is so familiar to me now that it's hard to remember my first impressions, but I think it did take me a while (3 or 4 live hockey games) to get it memorised!

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  • What do you think the Shores of Tripoli in the Marine anthem is referring to?

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  • The daily anthem is back, and the NB government is considering legislation to make it mandatory.

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  • Lisa Leslie, center, and Team USA sing the national anthem from the top of the podium after capping a gold-medal Olympics performance with a 27-point romp in the tournament final.

    Leslie, USA women capture fourth consecutive gold, third straight against Australia

  • The anthem is sang to represent England (being the English cup final).

    Shall we sing a song for you?

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  • US Railway Association, Standard Cipher Code, 1906: railroad telegraphers' shorthand for "Unable to give definite answer".

    January 19, 2013

  • I hate America, Louis. I hate this country. Nothing but a bunch of big ideas, and stories, and people dying, and then people like you. The white cracker that wrote the national anthem knew what he was doing, he set the word "free" to a note so high nobody could reach it. That was deliberate. Nothing on Earth sounds less like freedom to me.

    (from Angels in America, episode 5)

    February 28, 2009