paean

or pe·an

[ pee-uh n ]
/ ˈpi ən /

noun

any song of praise, joy, or triumph.
a hymn of invocation or thanksgiving to Apollo or some other ancient Greek deity.

Nearby words

  1. padsaw,
  2. padua,
  3. paduasoy,
  4. paducah,
  5. padus,
  6. paed-,
  7. paederast,
  8. paederasty,
  9. paediatric,
  10. paediatrician

Origin of paean

1535–45; < Latin: religious or festive hymn, special use of Paean appellation of Apollo < Greek Paiā́n physician of the gods

Related formspae·an·ism, noun

Can be confusedpaean 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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Word Origin and History for paean

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."

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