[pee-uh n, -on]
- 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
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- prosody a metrical foot of four syllables, with one long one and three short ones in any order
C17: via Latin paeon from Greek paiōn; variant of paean
Word Origin and History for paeon
metrical foot of one long and three short syllables (in any order), c.1600, from Latin paeon, from Greek paion (see paean). Related: Paeonic.
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