- 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 peans
Historical Examples of peans
His bearing was calm and undemonstrative, while in his bosom the peans of thanksgiving go up to the great White Throne.Charles Lewis Cocke
William Robert Lee Smith
Yesterday we bowed the knee to Mars; to-day we join in peans to the Prince of Peace.Prize Orations of the Intercollegiate Peace Association
Intercollegiate Peace Association
The cry of the child for bread reaches further into the universe than peans sung to kings.Wise or Otherwise
- 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 peans
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."