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Examples of paean in a Sentence
his retirement party featured many paeans for his long years of service to the company
Recent Examples of paean from the Web
The Seamus Heaney HomePlace opened in the autumn of 2016 as a paean to the poet’s origins and his accomplishments alike.
For all the focus on timeless themes, a play that features a modern Davos-like gathering of billionaires, paeans to wealth and competition, and pointed criticisms of taxation and public assistance resonates differently today than five years ago.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a paean to free trade Tuesday in a speech that formally opened this year’s gathering.
The great Wall Street philosopher Andy Kessler recently wrote a paean to the virtues of going public.
Jonathan Chait flagged this paean to Scott Pruitt, Transformative Genius of High Principle, in National Review, America’s longest-running journal of mainstream white supremacy.
The River Why Set in the Pacific Northwest, David James Duncan's novel is a fishing yarn, love story, paean to the natural world, and tale of self- discovery all beautifully knitted into one.
But when the Cubs started winning more frequently over the last few years, this poor paean crept back into the collective fan consciousness.
The director’s paean to the First Amendment was completely ignored by SAG.
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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
First Known Use: 1589See Words from the same year
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Definition of paean for English Language Learners
: a song of joy, praise, or victory
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