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also pe·an  (pē′ən)
1. A song of joyful praise or exultation.
2. A fervent expression of joy or praise: "The art ... was a paean to paganism" (Will Durant).
3. An ancient Greek hymn of thanksgiving or invocation, especially to Apollo.

[Latin paeān, hymn of thanksgiving, often addressed to Apollo, from Greek paiān, from Paiā, a title of Apollo.]

pae′an·is′tic (-ĭs′tĭk) adj.


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1. (Historical Terms) a hymn sung in ancient Greece in invocation of or thanksgiving to a deity
2. any song of praise
3. enthusiastic praise: the film received a paean from the critics.
[C16: via Latin from Greek paiān hymn to Apollo, from his title Paiān, denoting the physician of the gods]


(ˈpi ən)

a song of praise, joy, thanksgiving, or triumph.
[1535–45; < Latin, song of triumph or thanksgiving addressed to Apollo or another god < Greek paian, paiṓn, orig. an epithet of Apollo]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.paean - a formal expression of praise
congratulations, extolment, kudos, praise - an expression of approval and commendation; "he always appreciated praise for his work"
2.paean - (ancient Greece) a hymn of praise (especially one sung in ancient Greece to invoke or thank a deity)
hymn, anthem - a song of praise (to God or to a saint or to a nation)
Ellas, Greece, Hellenic Republic - a republic in southeastern Europe on the southern part of the Balkan peninsula; known for grapes and olives and olive oil
antiquity - the historic period preceding the Middle Ages in Europe


noun (Literary)
1. eulogy, tribute, panegyric, hymn of praise, encomium The film is a paean to adolescent love.
2. hymn, anthem, thanksgiving, psalm The piece is a paean of praise for God and his creation.


[ˈpiːən] Nhimno m de alegría
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