proem

[ proh-em ]
/ ˈproʊ ɛm /

noun

an introductory discourse; introduction; preface; preamble.

Nearby words

  1. productive,
  2. productive cough,
  3. productively,
  4. productivity,
  5. productivity bargaining,
  6. proenzyme,
  7. proerythroblast,
  8. proerythrocyte,
  9. proestrogen,
  10. proestrus

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

Related formspro·e·mi·al [proh-ee-mee-uh l, -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 Formsproemial (prəʊˈiːmɪəl), adjective

Word Origin for proem

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

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Word Origin and History for proem

proem

n.

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."

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