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anthem

[ an-thuhm ]
/ ˈæn θəm /
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noun

a song, as of praise, devotion, or patriotism: the national anthem of Spain; our college anthem.
a piece of sacred vocal music, usually with words taken from the Scriptures.
a hymn sung alternately by different sections of a choir or congregation.

verb (used with object)

to celebrate with or in an anthem.

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Origin of anthem

First recorded before 1000; Middle English antem, Old English antemn(e), antefne, from Late Latin antefana, antiphōna (feminine singular), from Greek antíphōna (see antiphon); spelling with h probably by association with hymn, with pronunciation then changed to reflect spelling
an·them·ic [an-theem-ik, ‐them‐], /ænˈθim ɪk, ‐ˈθɛm‐/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for anthem

anthem
/ (ˈænθəm) /

noun

a song of loyalty or devotion, as to a nation or collegea national anthem
a musical composition for a choir, usually set to words from the Bible, sung as part of a church service
a religious chant sung antiphonally
a popular rock or pop song
anthemic (ænˈθɛmɪk), adjective
Old English antemne, from Late Latin antiphōna antiphon
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