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Meaning of Star-Spangled Banner, The

Star'-Spangled Ban'ner The

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. See
  2. (italics) the national anthem of the United States of America, based on a poem written by Francis Scott Key on September 14, 1814, and set by him to the melody of the English song To Anacreon in Heaven: officially adopted by the U.S. Congress in 1931.
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