Examples Word Origin an introductory discourse; introduction; preface; preamble. Origin of proem 1350–1400;
pro- pro- 2
) song +
diminutive suffix); replacing
Middle English proheme
Related forms pro·e·mi·al , [proh- ee-mee- uh l, - em-ee-] /proʊˈi mi əl, -ˈɛm i-/ adjective
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Examples from the Web for proems British Dictionary definitions for proems an introduction or preface, such as to a work of literature Derived Forms proemial ( 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 proems proem n.
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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