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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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 in a sentence

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



Did You Know?

According to the poet Homer, the Greek god Apollo sometimes took the guise of Paean, physician to the gods. The earliest musical paeans were hymns of thanksgiving and praise that were dedicated to Apollo. They were sung at events ranging from boisterous festivals to public funerals, and were the traditional marching songs of armies heading into battle. Over time, the word became generalized, and it is now used for any kind of tribute.

Origin and Etymology 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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