- an introductory discourse; introduction; preface; preamble.
Origin of proem
Examples from the Web for proem
Historical Examples of proem
If correctly given the centre letters of the lights will give the proem.
Pampinea was the eldest (Proem), and by inference Elisa the youngest.
See his own acknowledgment in the Proem to the poems of 1842.A History of American Literature
Percy H. Boynton
It is in the form of a "Proem" to a treatise on the Interpretation of Nature.Bacon
Richard William Church
For though he "may now call myself free," that Proem tells us that after all we owe the Decameron itself indirectly to Fiammetta.
- an introduction or preface, such as to a work of literature
Word Origin for proem
late 14c., proheme "brief introduction, prelude," from Old French proheme (14c., Modern French proème), from Latin prooemium, from Greek prooimion "prelude" to anything, especially music and poetry, from pro- "before" (see pro-) + oimos "way" or oime "song."