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pean

[pee-uh n] /ˈpi ən/
noun
1.

paean

or pean

[pee-uh n] /ˈpi ən/
noun
1.
any song of praise, joy, or triumph.
2.
a hymn of invocation or thanksgiving to Apollo or some other ancient Greek deity.
Origin of paean
1535-1545
1535-45; < Latin: religious or festive hymn, special use of Paean appellation of Apollo < Greek Paiā́n physician of the gods
Related forms
paeanism, noun
Can be confused
paean, paeon, peon.
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Examples from the Web for peans
Historical Examples
  • The cry of the child for bread reaches further into the universe than peans sung to kings.

    Wise or Otherwise Lydia Leavitt
  • His bearing was calm and undemonstrative, while in his bosom the peans of thanksgiving go up to the great White Throne.

    Charles Lewis Cocke William Robert Lee Smith
  • Yesterday we bowed the knee to Mars; to-day we join in peans to the Prince of Peace.

British Dictionary definitions for peans

paean

/ˈpiːən/
noun
1.
a hymn sung in ancient Greece in invocation of or thanksgiving to a deity
2.
any song of praise
3.
enthusiastic praise: the film received a paean from the critics
Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek paiān hymn to Apollo, from his title Paiān, denoting the physician of the gods

pean1

/ˈpiːən/
noun
1.
a less common US spelling of paean

pean2

/piːn/
noun
1.
(heraldry) a fur of sable spotted with or
Word Origin
C16: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for peans

paean

n.

1590s, from Latin paean "hymn of deliverance," from Greek paian "hymn, chant, hymn to Apollo," from Paian, a name of the god of healing; originally the physician of the gods (in Homer), later merged with Apollo; literally "one who touches" (i.e. "one who heals by a touch"), from paio "to touch, strike."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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