proem

noun

pro·​em ˈprō-ˌem How to pronounce proem (audio)
-əm
1
: preliminary comment : preface
2
proemial adjective

Example Sentences

the proem promises what the book does not deliver: a totally new interpretation of the French Revolution

Word History

Etymology

Middle English proheme, from Anglo-French proeme, from Latin prooemium, from Greek prooimion, from pro- + oimē song; probably akin to Hittite išamai- song, Sanskrit syati he binds — more at sinew

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of proem was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Proem.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/proem. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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