[ pee-uh n, -on ]
/ ˈpi ən, -ɒn /


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
Can be confusedpaean paeon peon Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for paeon

  • 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) /


prosody a metrical foot of four syllables, with one long one and three short ones in any order
Derived Formspaeonic, adjective

Word Origin for paeon

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