- an introductory discourse; introduction; preface; preamble.
Origin of proem
Examples from the Web for proems
Historical Examples of proems
Mere narrations are allowed in this oratory, not proems, not excursions, not glosses.
- an introduction or preface, such as to a work of literature
Word Origin 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."