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Meaning of ANTHEM

Pronunciation:  'anthum

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a song of praise (to God or to a saint or to a nation)
  2. [n]  a song of devotion or loyalty (as to a nation or school)

ANTHEM is a 6 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: hymn
 See Also: canticle, choral, chorale, Dies Irae, dithyramb, doxology, Internationale, national anthem, paean, pean, recessional, religious song, song, Te Deum



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \An"them\, n. [OE. antym, antefne, AS. antefen, fr. LL.
    antiphona, fr. Gr. ?, neut. pl. of ? antiphon, or anthem, n.
    neut., from ? sounding contrary, returning a sound; ? over
    against + ? sound, voice: the anthem being sung by the
    choristers alternately, one half-choir answering the other:
    cf. OF. anthaine, anteine, antieune, F. antienne. See
    1. 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.
    2. A song or hymn of praise. --Milton.
  2. \An"them\, v. t.
    To celebrate with anthems. [Poet.]
          Sweet birds antheming the morn.          --Keats.
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