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  1. 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
Related formspro·e·mi·al [proh-ee-mee-uh l, -em-ee-] /proʊˈi mi əl, -ˈɛm i-/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • If correctly given the centre letters of the lights will give the proem.

    Little Folks (Septemeber 1884)


  • Pampinea was the eldest (Proem), and by inference Elisa the youngest.

  • See his own acknowledgment in the Proem to the poems of 1842.

  • It is in the form of a "Proem" to a treatise on the Interpretation of Nature.


    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.

British Dictionary definitions for proem


  1. an introduction or preface, such as to a work of literature
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Derived Formsproemial (prəʊˈiːmɪəl), adjective

Word Origin

C14: from Latin prooemium introduction, from Greek prooimion, from pro- ² + hoimē song
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Word Origin and History 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."

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