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national anthem

a patriotic hymn or other song adopted by a nation for use on public or state occasions
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  • The toast was received with enthusiasm, and a verse of the national anthem was sung.

    The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
  • They sang the national anthem quite as whole-heartedly as they had sung the hymn.

    The Red Hand of Ulster George A. Birmingham
  • Our band played a tune which we hoped was his national anthem.

    A Padre in France George A. Birmingham
  • They sang our national anthem as if they had not a care in the world.

  • Then she sang "The Brabanonne" (bra-bn-sn'), Belgium's national anthem.

    Little Philippe of Belgium Madeline Brandeis

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