pean

[ pee-uh n ]
/ ˈpi ən /

noun

Definition for pean (2 of 2)

paean

or pe·an

[ pee-uh n ]
/ ˈpi ən /

noun

any song of praise, joy, or triumph.
a hymn of invocation or thanksgiving to Apollo or some other ancient Greek deity.

Origin of paean

1535–45; < Latin: religious or festive hymn, special use of Paean appellation of Apollo < Greek Paiā́n physician of the gods

Related forms

pae·an·ism, noun

Can be confused

paean paeon peon
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British Dictionary definitions for pean (1 of 3)

pean

1
/ (ˈpiːən) /

noun

a less common US spelling of paean

British Dictionary definitions for pean (2 of 3)

pean

2
/ (piːn) /

noun

heraldry a fur of sable spotted with or

Word Origin for pean

C16: of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for pean (3 of 3)

paean

sometimes US pean

/ (ˈpiːən) /

noun

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

C16: via Latin from Greek paiān hymn to Apollo, from his title Paiān, denoting the physician of the gods
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