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Meaning of PAEAN

Pronunciation:  'peeun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a formal expression of praise
  2. [n]  a hymn of praise (especially one sung in ancient Greece to invoke or thank a deity)

PAEAN is a 5 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: encomium, eulogy, panegyric, pean
 See Also: anthem, congratulations, hymn, kudos, praise



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\P[ae]"an\ (p[=e]`an), n. [L. paean, Gr. paia`n, fr.
Paia`n the physician of the gods, later, Apollo. Cf.
{P[ae]on}, {Peony}.] [Written also {pean}.]
1. An ancient Greek hymn in honor of Apollo as a healing
   deity, and, later, a song addressed to other deities.

2. Any loud and joyous song; a song of triumph. --Dryden.
   ``Public p[ae]ans of congratulation.'' --De Quincey.

3. See {P[ae]on}.

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