From Latin paeān (“a hymn, especially a victory hymn, to Apollo or another god”), from Ancient Greek παιάν (paián, “a chant or song, especially a thanksgiving or victory hymn, to Apollo under the name Παιάν (Paián)”), from the phrase Ἰὼ Παιάν (Iṑ Paián, “O Paean!, Thanks to Paean!”). According to Homer, Paián or Paean was the name of the physician of the gods; its further etymology is unknown. Compare Middle French, French paean, péan, Italian peana, Portuguese péan, peã.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈpiː.ən/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈpi.ən/
- Rhymes: -iːən
- Hyphenation: pae‧an
paean (plural paeans)
- (Ancient Greece, historical) A chant or song, especially a hymn of thanksgiving for deliverance or victory, to Apollo or sometimes another god or goddess.
- Any loud and joyous song; a song of triumph.
- An enthusiastic expression of praise.
- (expression of praise): encomium
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