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[pee-uh n, -on] /ˈpi ən, -ɒn/
Classical Prosody. a foot of one long and three short syllables in any order.
Origin of paeon
1595-1605; < Latin paeōn < Greek paiōn, Attic variant of paiā́n; see paean
Can be confused
paean, paeon, peon. Unabridged
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  • The son of Tydeus speared Agastrophus son of paeon in the hip-joint with his spear.

    The Iliad Homer
  • The majestic voice of the nightingale burst forth again, now in a paeon of praise.

    High Noon Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for paeon


(prosody) a metrical foot of four syllables, with one long one and three short ones in any order
Derived Forms
paeonic, adjective
Word Origin
C17: via Latin paeon from Greek paiōn; variant of paean
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Word Origin and History for paeon

metrical foot of one long and three short syllables (in any order), c.1600, from Latin paeon, from Greek paion (see paean). Related: Paeonic.

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