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pae·analso 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]
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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]
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|Noun||1.||paean - a formal expression of praise|
|2.||paean - (ancient Greece) a hymn of praise (especially one sung in ancient Greece to invoke or thank a deity)|
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
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