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Definitions of anthem

  1. To celebrate with anthems. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To celebrate or salute with an anthem or song. Keats. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3. Formerly, a hymn sung in alternate parts, in present usage, a selection from the Psalms, or other parts of the Scriptures or the liturgy, set to sacred music. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A song or hymn of praise. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A composition from the Scriptures or liturgy set to sacred music: a song of gladness. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. A piece of sacred music sung in alternate parts: a piece of sacred music set to a passage from Scripture. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. A sacred song; an antiphony. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. A joyous or triumphal song or hymn. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. A hymn sung in alternate parts; a piece of music set to words from scripture. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. A sacred song, or a portion of Scripture set to music. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for anthem

  1. Nearly 200 years ago, a tattered flag, its broad stripes and bright stars still gleaming through the smoke of a fierce battle, moved Francis Scott Key to scribble a few words on the back of an envelope, the words that became our National Anthem – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  2. Sweetness and beauty, and the power of life, Is it creation's anthem parts for all? – Poems by Elizabeth Stoddard
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