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proem

[ proh-em ]
/ ˈproʊ ɛm /
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noun

an introductory discourse; introduction; preface; preamble.

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Origin of proem

1350–1400; <Latin prooemium<Greek prooímion prelude (pro-pro-2 + oím(ē) song + -ion diminutive suffix); replacing Middle English proheme<Middle French <Latin, as above

OTHER WORDS FROM proem

pro·e·mi·al [proh-ee-mee-uhl, -em-ee-], /proʊˈi mi əl, -ˈɛm i-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for proem

proem
/ (ˈprəʊɛm) /

noun

an introduction or preface, such as to a work of literature

Derived forms of proem

proemial (prəʊˈiːmɪəl), adjective

Word Origin for proem

C14: from Latin prooemium introduction, from Greek prooimion, from pro- ² + hoimē song
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