- an introductory discourse; introduction; preface; preamble.
Origin of proem
- an introduction or preface, such as to a work of literature
Word Origin and History for proemial
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."