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pean

[pee-uh n]
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noun
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paean

or pe·an

[pee-uh n]
noun
  1. any song of praise, joy, or triumph.
  2. 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
Related formspae·an·ism, noun
Can be confusedpaean paeon peon
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Related Words for pean

hymn, song, anthem, acclamation, psalm, praise, ode, pean, laud, laudation

Examples from the Web for pean

Historical Examples of pean

  • "De Pean does not lie, Le Gardeur," answered she, frightened at his look.

    The Golden Dog

    William Kirby

  • Pean, you will remember, could not speak half a dozen words of English.

    Cruisings in the Cascades

    George O. Shields

  • Analogy requires Euro'pean, and this is supported by as good authorities as the other.

  • Bigot winked at De Pean and smiled furtively, as much as to say, "You know how to interpret my words."

    The Golden Dog

    William Kirby

  • Pean sprang after them, and in a few minutes I heard the dull, muffled report of his musket.

    Cruisings in the Cascades

    George O. Shields


British Dictionary definitions for pean

pean

1
noun
  1. a less common US spelling of paean
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pean

2
noun
  1. heraldry a fur of sable spotted with or
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Word Origin for pean

C16: of uncertain origin

paean

sometimes US pean

noun
  1. a hymn sung in ancient Greece in invocation of or thanksgiving to a deity
  2. any song of praise
  3. enthusiastic praisethe film received a paean from the critics
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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 pean

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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