paeon

noun
pae·​on | \ ˈpē-ən How to pronounce paeon (audio) , -ˌän How to pronounce paeon (audio) \

Definition of paeon

: a metrical foot of four syllables with one long and three short syllables (as in classical prosody) or with one stressed and three unstressed syllables (as in English prosody)

First Known Use of paeon

1603, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for paeon

Latin, from Greek paiōn, from paian, paiōn paean

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“Paeon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paeon. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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