From Middle English anteme, from Old English antefn, antefen and Old French antiene, anteine, anteivne, from Latin antiphōna, from Ancient Greek ἀντίφωνα (antíphōna), from ἀντί (antí, “over against”) + φωνή (phōnḗ, “voice, sound”). Compare antiphon and ant'em.
anthem (plural anthems)
- (archaic) Antiphon.
- 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.
- A hymn of praise or loyalty.
- The choir sang a selection of Christmas anthems at the service just before the big day.
- (informal) A very popular song or track.
- 2003, Peter Buckley, The rough guide to rock:
- In May 2000, they even finally cracked the UK top ten when they teamed up with Paul Van Dyk on the trance anthem "The Riddle"...