noun pae·an \ˈpē-ən\

: a song of joy, praise, or victory

Full Definition of PAEAN

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

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue

Rhymes with PAEAN


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