pean

[pee-uh n]
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noun


paean

or pe·an

[pee-uh n]

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 formspae·an·ism, noun
Can be confusedpaean paeon peon
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Related Words for peans

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

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British Dictionary definitions for peans

pean

1

noun

a less common US spelling of paean

pean

2

noun

heraldry a fur of sable spotted with or

Word Origin for pean

C16: of uncertain origin

paean

sometimes US pean

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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Word Origin and History for peans

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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