[ pee-uhn, -on ]

  1. 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

Words that may be confused with paeon

Words Nearby paeon Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use paeon in a sentence

  • His spouse, who was guarding their nest up in the big live oak in the front yard, trilled her limited paeon of praise.

    A Little Florida Lady | Dorothy C. Paine
  • For a moment the lawyer felt an exultant paeon of victory beat in his blood.

    The Vision Spendid | William MacLeod Raine
  • The majestic voice of the nightingale burst forth again, now in a paeon of praise.

    High Noon | Anonymous
  • The son of Tydeus speared Agastrophus son of paeon in the hip-joint with his spear.

    The Iliad | Homer

British Dictionary definitions for paeon


/ (ˈpiːən) /

  1. prosody a metrical foot of four syllables, with one long one and three short ones in any order

Origin of paeon

C17: via Latin paeon from Greek paiōn; variant of paean

Derived forms of paeon

  • paeonic, adjective

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