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)

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Many took to Twitter to commiserate their fate with both paeons and fitting GoT GIFs. Cady Lang, Time, "Game of Thrones," 5 Jan. 2018

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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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