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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun An"them
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  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 or devotion; as, a national anthem .

Etymology: OE. antym antefne, AS. antefen, fr. LL. antiphona, fr. Gr. 'anti`fwna, neut. pl. of 'anti`fwnon antiphon, or anthem, n. neut., from 'anti`fwnos sounding contrary, returning a sound; 'anti` over against + fwnh` sound, voice: the anthem being sung by the choristers alternately, one half-choir answering the other: cf. OF. anthaine anteine antieune, F. antienne. See Antiphon

verb An"them
To celebrate with anthems.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A song of praise (to God or to a saint or to a nation)
  2. A song of devotion or loyalty (as to a nation or school)
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From Middle English anteme, from Old English antefn, from Late Latin antiphōna, from Ancient Greek ἀντίφωνα (antíphōna), from ἀντί (antí, “over against”) + φωνή (phōnḗ, “voice, sound”). Compare antiphon.

  1. (archaic) Antiphon.
  2. A choral or vocal composition, often with a religious or political lyric.
    The school's 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 at the service just before the big day.
  4. (informal) A very popular song or track.

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Fun Facts about the name Anthem

  • How Popular is the name Anthem? Anthem is the 42,506th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Anthem have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 68 babies born with the first name Anthem in the United States. That's more than enough people named Anthem to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Anthem? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2008 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Anthem first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Anthem is Tuesday, August 12th, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Anthem born? The highest recorded use of the first name Anthem was in 2017 with a total of 16 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Anthem: Your name in reverse order is Mehtna. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Mhatne. How do you pronounce that?

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  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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