Definition of the Star-Spangled Banner noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the Star-Spangled Banner

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the national anthem (= song) of the US Culture The song was written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key, an American lawyer, as he watched British ships trying without success to capture Fort McHenry in Maryland during the War of 1812. He wrote the words and added the music of an old British song. The US Congress officially made it the country's national anthem in 1931. It ends:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall waveO'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: the Star-Spangled Banner