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paean

or pe·an

[ pee-uhn ]
/ ˈpi ən /
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noun

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

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Origin of paean

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

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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