National anthem
National Na"tion*al (?; 277), a. [Cf. F. national.] 1. Of or pertaining to a nation; common to a whole people or race; public; general; as, a national government, language, dress, custom, calamity, etc. [1913 Webster]

2. Attached to one's own country or nation. [1913 Webster]

{National anthem}, a popular song or hymn which has become by general acceptance the recognized musical expression of the patriotic sentiment of a nation; as, ``God save the King'' is called the national anthem of England.

{National bank}, the official common name of a class of banking corporations established under the laws of the United States.

{National flag}. See under {Flag}.

{National guard}, a body of militia, or a local military organization, as in Paris during the French Revolution, or as certain bodies of militia in other European countries and in the United States.

{National salute}, a salute consisting of as many guns as there are States in the Union. [U.S.] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • 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

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  • 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… …   Australian English dictionary

  • 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

  • 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… …   Encyclopedia of contemporary Spanish culture

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