What does anthem mean?

anthem meaning in General Dictionary

To commemorate with anthems

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  • previously a hymn sung in alternate components in present consumption a range from Psalms or other components of the Scriptures or the liturgy set to sacred songs
  • a song of commitment or respect (as to a nation or college)
  • a song of compliments (to God or even a saint or even to a nation)
  • previously, a hymn sung in alternative components, in present consumption, a variety from Psalms, or any other elements of the Scriptures or perhaps the liturgy, set-to sacred songs.
  • A song or hymn of praise.
  • To commemorate with anthems.

anthem meaning in Etymology Dictionary

Old English ontemn, antefn, "a composition (in prose or verse) sung antiphonally," from belated Latin antefana, from Greek antiphona "verse response" (see antiphon). Good sense developed to "a composition set-to sacred songs" (belated 14c.), then "track of praise or gladness" (1590s). Found in mention of the the English national song (technically, as OED points out, a hymn) and offered to those of various other countries. Contemporary spelling is from belated 16c., perhaps an effort to really make the word look Greek.

anthem meaning in Sports Dictionary

The offical Olimpic anthem ended up being composed by Spyros Samaras with terms by Costis Palamas, the Greek poet laureate. (recreation: The Olympic Games)

anthem - German to English


anthem meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) Formerly, a hymn sung in alternative parts, in present use, a range from the Psalms, or any other components of the Scriptures and/or liturgy, set to sacred music.

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  • (letter.) A song or hymn of compliments.
  • (v. t.) To celebrate with anthems.

Sentence Examples with the word anthem

From 1795 onward he resided in the Mariahilf suburb of Vienna, and there wrote his last eight Masses, the last and finest of his chamber works, the Austrian national anthem (1797), the Creation (1799) and the Seasons (1801).

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