1. a song formally adopted as the anthem for a nation
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.
2. Attached to one's own country or nation.
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
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.]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a song formally adopted as the anthem for a nation
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
72 Moby Thesaurus words for "national anthem":
Brautlied, Christmas carol, Communist threat, Kunstlied,
Liebeslied, Volkslied, Western imperialism, alba, anthem, art song,
atrocity story, aubade, ballad, ballade, ballata, banner,
barcarole, battle hymn, bloody shirt, blues, blues song, boat song,
bridal hymn, brindisi, calypso, canso, canticle, canzone, canzonet,
canzonetta, carol, cavatina, chanson, chant, chantey, colors,
croon, croon song, crostarie, dirge, ditty, drinking song,
epithalamium, expansionism, face, fiery cross, folk song, gonfalon,
hymeneal, imperialist threat, independence, lay, lied, lilt,
love song, love-lilt, manifest destiny, martial music, matin,
minstrel song, minstrelsy, prothalamium, self-determination,
serena, serenade, serenata, song, theme song, torch song, war song,
wedding song, yellow peril