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anthem (noun) a song expressing devotion to a nation, or to God; a song of praise.
A song expressing a people's devotion to their nation or their patriotism is an anthem. A religious song praising God, or celebrating an occasion of national importance is an anthem. A song of special importance to a nation and sung on solemn occasions is an anthem. An organization, a political party, or an educational institution may have their own anthems.
- The national anthem was sung in chorus at the beginning and closing of the Independence Day celebrations.
- The meeting concluded with all the participants standing in silence as the national anthem was sung by the singing group.