- any song of praise, joy, or triumph.
- a hymn of invocation or thanksgiving to Apollo or some other ancient Greek deity.
Origin of paean
Examples from the Web for pean
Historical Examples of pean
"De Pean does not lie, Le Gardeur," answered she, frightened at his look.
Pean, you will remember, could not speak half a dozen words of English.
Analogy requires Euro'pean, and this is supported by as good authorities as the other.Dissertation on the English Language
Noah Webster, Jr.
Bigot winked at De Pean and smiled furtively, as much as to say, "You know how to interpret my words."
Pean sprang after them, and in a few minutes I heard the dull, muffled report of his musket.
- a less common US spelling of paean
- heraldry a fur of sable spotted with or
Word Origin for pean
sometimes US pean
- 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
Word Origin and History for pean
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."