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paean

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noun pae·an \ˈpē-ən\

Simple Definition of paean

  • : a song of joy, praise, or victory

Full Definition of paean

  1. 1 :  a joyous song or hymn of praise, tribute, thanksgiving, or triumph

  2. 2 :  a work that praises or honors its subject :  encomium, tribute

Examples of paean

  1. <his retirement party featured many paeans for his long years of service to the company>



Origin of paean

Latin, hymn of thanksgiving especially addressed to Apollo, from Greek paian, paiōn, from Paian, Paiōn, epithet of Apollo in the hymn


First Known Use: 1589

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