- 1A rousing or uplifting song identified with a particular group, body, or cause: the song became the anthem for hippy activistsMore example sentences
- The Last Night of the Proms tomorrow has dropped some of the rousing anthems associated with it, including Rule, Britannia!
- And where his songs were once communal anthems for misfits everywhere, his writing is now so coldly inward-gazing that it excludes the interests of everyone but Morrissey.
- The song has become an anthem for the school so I am delighted that it has made it to the final of this competition.
- 1.1 (also national anthem) A solemn patriotic song officially adopted by a country as an expression of national identity: the crowd stood and sang the national anthem we decided that the match would not have the anthems of either country as a preludeMore example sentences
- The Czech anthem is a more solemn affair.
- In recent years, the national anthem has lost its patriotic air in most sports venues.
- As prayers were said, hymns were sung and the national anthems of both Britain and America were played, there was a tinge of sadness in the air because it is likely that this could have been the last such service.
- 2A musical setting of a religious text to be sung by a choir during a church service, especially in Anglican or Protestant Churches.More example sentences
- Like his father, Alfonso the younger was well known as a composer of church music, writing English anthems for the Anglican Church as well as motets to Latin words.
- Kendal Choral opens proceedings by singing five anthems in the Anglican church tradition starting with the 16th century and concluding in the present.
- Other works include The Nativity for soprano and orchestra, sacred choral anthems, hymn preludes for organ and works for trumpet and organ.
Old English antefn, antifne (denoting a composition sung antiphonally), from late Latin antiphona (see antiphon). The spelling with th, which began in the 16th century, was on the pattern of similar words such as Antony, Anthony.