• WordNet 3.6
    • n anthem a song of praise (to God or to a saint or to a nation)
    • n anthem a song of devotion or loyalty (as to a nation or school)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses
    • Anthem A song or hymn of praise or devotion; as, a national anthem .
    • Anthem 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.
    • v. t Anthem To celebrate with anthems. "Sweet birds antheming the morn."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Singer Michael Jackson owns the rights to the South Carolina State anthem
    • n anthem 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. There are four kinds: anthems for a double choir, in which the choirs sing antiphonally; full anthems, which consist of a chorus only, or of a chorus and verses, in which the chorus occupies the principal place, and the verses (usually set to music in four parts and sung by a part of the choir) are subordinate; verse anthems, in which solos, duets, and trios are the prominent features, the chorus being subordinate; and solo anthems, in which a single voice is the prominent feature. The anthem may or may not have an accompaniment for the organ, or for any number of instruments. It has reached its highest development in England.
    • anthem To celebrate or salute with an anthem or song.
    • n anthem Hence A song or hymn expressive of praise, patriotism, loyalty, etc., and set to music.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are 158 verses in the Greek National Anthem
    • n Anthem an′them 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 Anthem to praise in an anthem
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

Our band played a tune which we hoped was his national anthem.
"A Padre in France" by George A. Birmingham
Listen, then; I'll sing you Mauravania's national anthem: 'God guard the throne; God shield the right!
"Cleek, the Master Detective" by Thomas W. Hanshew
There was an anthem to be sung by the choir, and more prayers to be said, after which there came what was called the offertory.
"Richard II" by Jacob Abbott
It seemed as if on this day all Nature was singing one grand anthem with a hallelujah chorus.
"A California Girl" by Edward Eldridge
The procession of the king was met at the door of the church by a procession of monks chanting a solemn anthem as they came.
"Richard III" by Jacob Abbott
He was practicing the anthem.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
It is his life-hymn and his death-anthem.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 7 of 8"
Further down the street they were singing in a low rhythmical chant the National Anthem.
"The Traitors" by E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
The celebration commenced with an anthem.
"Christopher Columbus and His Monument Columbia" by Various
With the exception of his Easter anthem, his festival hymns cannot compare with those of later authors.
"Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark" by Jens Christian Aaberg

In poetry:

Spread the joyful tidings
In anthem and story
Jesus hath redeemed us,
Oh, give Him the glory!
"Preach The Gospel" by Daniel Webster Moody
Your operas' stifled music
Contains no songs for me,—
I want the vibrant breezes,
The anthems of the sea.
"Texas" by William Lawrence Chittenden
Oh, sing thy jubilant anthem
Over the frozen mould,
And tell that wonderful story
Again, that never grows old!
"Christmas Hymn" by Kate Seymour Maclean
Revive our dying fires, to burn
High as her anthems soar,
And of our scholars let us learn
Our own forgotten lore.
"Tuesday In Easter Week" by John Keble
Not upon thee or thine the solemn angel
Hath evil wrought
Her funeral anthem is a glad evangel,--
The good die not!
"To My Friend OnThe Death Of His Sister" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Warble out in spray and thicket,
All ye choristers unseen;
Let the leafy woodland echo
With an anthem to its queen!
"The Buried Flower" by William Edmondstoune Aytoun

In news:

Hailing from New York, rock band Madison Rising just entered my top 10 of favorite bands of all time with their rendition of our National Anthem 'The Star Spangled Banner.
Every time I hear our National anthem, it makes me emotional and very proud to be from this awesome country.
He performed on the "Today" show, sang the funeral Mass for Tim Russert and belted out the national anthem for the Republicans during their last convention in 2008.
I have heard many different versions of our National Anthem.
Somewhere, Dionne Warwick is singing her 1982 hit Heartbreaker, the anthem of the losers of close Super Bowls.
Jimmy Page, Robert Plant Producer: Page Released: Nov '71, AtlanticNon-single All epic anthems must measure themselves against Stairway to.
Was the national anthem really set to the melody of a drinking tune.
Steven Tyler botches 'The Star-Spangled Banner ': Worst National Anthem ever.
Almost a year after Christina Aguilera botched the National Anthem at last year's Super Bowl, somebody may have done it even worse: Steven Tyler.
If you missed it, Zooey performed the National Anthem at the World Series Sunday night and it was beautifully done.
As you well know, there have also been some awful renditions of the National Anthem.
MIAMI (AP) — British music producer Adam Kidron says that when he came up with the idea of a Spanish-language version of the US national anthem, he saw it as an ode to the millions of immigrants seeking a better life.
News Gazette staff Country music singer Sara Evans is scheduled to sing the national anthem this evening before Game 2 of the NBA Finals pitting the Oklahoma City Thunder against the Miami Heat.
Another formulaic record from a pop-punk band that efficiently delivers surging guitar anthems while a cute, sincere, openly emotional young guy pours out his heart.
INTERVIEWS Taylor Swift Reaches ' State of Grace ' on Feedback-Streaked Rock Anthem.