national anthem

national anthem
   The Royal March (Marcha Real), an anonymous piece of music dating from the eighteenth century, was adopted officially as the Spanish national anthem in 1976. It had, however, been commonly used since at least the early nineteenth century on state occasions, and had acquired a de facto status.

Encyclopedia of contemporary Spanish culture. 2013.

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  • national anthem — noun count the official national song of a country. The Star Spangled Banner is the national anthem of the U.S …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • national anthem — national anthems N COUNT: usu sing A national anthem is a nation s official song which is played or sung on public occasions …   English dictionary

  • national anthem — n the official song of a nation that is sung or played on public occasions …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • National anthem — For the Radiohead song, see The National Anthem. Patriotic song redirects here. For songs known by the title Patriotic Song and similar, see The Patriotic Song. Instrumental performance of the Russian national anthem at the 2010 Moscow Victory… …   Wikipedia

  • national anthem — noun a song formally adopted as the anthem for a nation (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑anthem • Instance Hyponyms: ↑Marseillaise, ↑The Star Spangled Banner * * * noun, pl ⋯ thems [count] : a song that praises a particular country and that is officially… …   Useful english dictionary

  • national anthem —       hymn or song expressing patriotic sentiment and either governmentally authorized as an official national hymn or holding that position in popular feeling. The oldest national anthem is Great Britain s (United Kingdom) “God Save the Queen,”… …   Universalium

  • national anthem — /næʃnəl ˈænθəm/ (say nashnuhl anthuhm) noun a song officially adopted by a nation for use at public gatherings, official ceremonies, etc. The Australian national anthem is Advance Australia Fair . The exact date of its composition is unknown; it… …  

  • national anthem — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms national anthem : singular national anthem plural national anthems the official national song of a country …   English dictionary

  • national anthem — n. to play; sing; strike up the national anthem * * * sing strike up the national anthem to play …   Combinatory dictionary

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