Meaning of “national anthem” in the English Dictionary

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"national anthem" in British English

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national anthemnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌnæʃ.ən.əl ˈæn.θəm/ us /ˌnæʃ.ən.əl ˈæn.θəm/

Examples from literature

  • The rest of the rescue team and waiting relatives were singing the Chilean national anthem. 
  • They also sang the national anthem of Chile over a kind of telephone that was sent down the hole. 

(Definition of “national anthem” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"national anthem" in American English

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national anthemnoun [ C ]

us /ˈnæʃ·ə·nəl ˈæn·θəm/

a country’s official song, often played on public occasions

(Definition of “national anthem” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)