verb (used with object)
Examples from the Web for anthem
“If BMW is ‘the ultimate driving machine,’ your Anthem is the ultimate differentiator,” writes Hogshead.
They might have played the Miss America anthem, “There She Is!”
“No Scrubs,” an anthem about self-respect on the dating market.Beyoncé Is Our Indigo Girl: The Halcyon '90s and Feminism's Resurgence in Pop Music|Amanda Marcotte|August 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She poses in another picture with Tucanes de Tijuana, a narcocorrido band that composed an anthem to Los Antrax.Is Mexico's Kim Kardashian-Lookalike Assassin for Real?|Michael Daly|June 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Every hour, the anthem is played, followed by Orthodox priests intoning prayers and beseeching God not to forsake Ukraine.
The chapter of Notre-Dame had an anthem sung every day for my deliverance.The Memoirs of Cardinal de Retz, Complete|Jean Francois Paul de Gondi, Cardinal de Retz
The male portion of us raise our hats, and remain uncovered while the anthem is played.Wanderings in India|John Lang
Nine times they sang this anthem, and then the whole place was filled with blinding light.The Secret Glory|Arthur Machen
Through everything else I had been upheld; but at the strains of that anthem, and all it implied, I broke down helplessly.The High Heart|Basil King
The solemn music of an anthem she had known and loved in the old far-off days of her girlhood rose and surged through her.The Lamp in the Desert|Ethel M. Dell
British Dictionary definitions for anthem
Word Origin for anthem
Word Origin and History for anthem
Old English ontemn, antefn, "a composition (in prose or verse) sung antiphonally," from Late Latin antefana, from Greek antiphona "verse response" (see antiphon). Sense evolved to "a composition set to sacred music" (late 14c.), then "song of praise or gladness" (1590s). Used in reference to the English national song (technically, as OED points out, a hymn) and extended to those of other nations. Modern spelling is from late 16c., perhaps an attempt to make the word look more Greek.