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proem

[proh-em]
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noun
  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

  • Mere narrations are allowed in this oratory, not proems, not excursions, not glosses.

    Character Writings of the 17th Century

    Various


British Dictionary definitions for proems

proem

noun
  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 proems

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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