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paean

or pe·an

[ pee-uhn ]
/ ˈpi ən /
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noun
a song of praise, joy, or triumph.
a formal expression of high praise, as a poem, movie, or monument: This documentary is another paean to the mystical power and beauty of the ocean.
an elaborate or excessive expression of praise; panegyric: His restaurant review is just a long and not very interesting paean to his favorite ethnic cuisine.
a hymn of invocation or thanksgiving to Apollo or some other ancient Greek deity.
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Origin of paean

First recorded in 1585–95; from Latin Paeān, Paeōn “a Greek god, especially Apollo in his capacity as healer; a religious or festive hymn, addressed to Apollo or another god,” from Greek Paiā́n, Paiḗōn, Paiṓn “choral song, hymn, especially to Apollo,” personified as “the divine physician, Apollo”

OTHER WORDS FROM paean

pae·an·ism, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH paean

paean , paeon, peon
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British Dictionary definitions for paean

paean

sometimes US pean

/ (ˈpiːən) /

noun
a hymn sung in ancient Greece in invocation of or thanksgiving to a deity
any song of praise
enthusiastic praisethe film received a paean from the critics

Word Origin for paean

C16: via Latin from Greek paiān hymn to Apollo, from his title Paiān, denoting the physician of the gods
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