• IPA: /ˈæn.θəm/
  • (obsolete) IPA: /ˈæn.təm/

anthem (plural anthems)

  1. (archaic) Antiphon.
  2. A choral or vocal composition, often with a religious or political lyric.
    The school's anthem sang of its many outstanding qualities, and it was hard to keep a straight face while singing.
  3. A hymn of praise or loyalty.
    The choir sang a selection of Christmas anthems at the service just before the big day.
  4. (informal) A very popular song or track.
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anthem (anthems, present participle antheming; past and past participle anthemed)

  1. (transitive, poetic) To celebrate with anthems.
    • 1820, John Keats, “Fancy”, in Lamia, Isabella, the Eve of St. Agnes, and Other Poems, London: Printed [by Thomas Davison] for Taylor and Hessey, […], OCLC 927360557 ↗, page 124 ↗:
      [T]hou shalt hear / Distant harvest-carols clear; / Rustle of the reaped corn; / Sweet birds antheming the morn: [...]

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