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Stars and Stripes

the national flag of the U.S., consisting of 13 horizontal stripes that are alternately red and white, representing the original states, and of a blue field containing 50 white stars, representing the present states.
Also called Old Glory, The Star-Spangled Banner.

Star-Spangled Banner, The

(italics) the national anthem of the United States of America, based on a poem written by Francis Scott Key on September 14, 1814, and set by him to the melody of the English song To Anacreon in Heaven: officially adopted by the U.S. Congress in 1931. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And humming the star-spangled banner, she went away to her own room.

    Patty's Friends Carolyn Wells
  • At that instant the band struck up the star-spangled banner.

    The Border Spy Lieut. Col. Hazeltine
  • He began to sing the star-spangled banner in a clear, strong voice.

  • Oh, papa, you have not told us of the writing of the 'star-spangled banner'!

    Elsie at Viamede

    Martha Finley
  • That was the star-spangled banner, waving above Fort Havens.

    Through Apache Lands R. H. Jayne
British Dictionary definitions for star-spangled banner

Star-Spangled Banner

noun the Star-Spangled Banner
the national anthem of the United States of America
another term for the Stars and Stripes

Stars and Stripes

(functioning as sing) the Stars and Stripes, the national flag of the United States of America, consisting of 50 white stars representing the present states on a blue field and seven red and six white horizontal stripes representing the original states Also known as the Star-Spangled Banner
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Word Origin and History for star-spangled banner

Stars and Stripes


"American flag," attested from 1782. Stars and Bars as a name for the Confederate flag is attested from 1863. Star-spangled is attested from 1590s; Star-Spangled Banner "United States flag" is 1814, from Francis Scott Key's poem (printed in the "Baltimore Patriot" Sept. 20).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Stars and Stripes definition

The national flag of the United States. Its fifty stars represent the fifty states; its thirteen stripes represent the thirteen colonies that became the original states.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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