, paeon, peon
 A paean (alternative spelling pean) is a hymn or song of praise. A paeon is a metrical foot in classical poetry. A peon is a servant or peasant.

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  • Paean — (pronounced as the last two syllables of European , IPAEng|ˈpiːən) is a term used to describe a type of triumphal or grateful song, usually choral though sometimes individual. It comes from the ancient Greek use of the term, which was also used… …   Wikipedia

  • PAEAN — hymnus in laudem Apollinis, sicut Dithyrambus in laudem Bacchi, qui teste Polluce, post victoriam, nonnumquam etiam avertendorum malorum causa cani solebat. Καταχρηςτικῶς autem, pro omni Deorum laude, ponitur. Unde opous suum Pindarus, de Deorum… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Paean — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • paean — (n.) 1590s, from L. paean hymn of deliverance, from Gk. paian hymn to Apollo, from Paian, a name of the god; originally the physician of the gods (in Homer), later merged with Apollo; lit. one who touches, from paio to touch, strike …   Etymology dictionary

  • Paean — PAEAN, ánis, Gr. Παιὰν, άνος, ein Beynamen des Apollo. Er hat solchen, nach einigen, von παίειν, in so fern es heilen heißt; Eustath. ap. Voss. Etymol. in lambus, p. 300. b. weil nämlich Apollo auch ein Gott der Arzeney war. In so fern es aber so …   Gründliches mythologisches Lexikon

  • paean — index doxology Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • paean — ► NOUN ▪ a song of praise or triumph. ORIGIN Greek paian hymn of thanksgiving to Apollo ; the hymn addressed Apollo by the name Paian, originally the Homeric name of the physician of the gods …   English terms dictionary

  • paean — [pē′ən] n. [L < Gr paian, hymn < Paian, the healing one, epithet of Apollo < paiein, to strike, touch < ? IE base * pēu > PAVE] 1. in ancient Greece, a hymn of thanksgiving to the gods, esp. to Apollo 2. a song of joy, triumph,… …   English World dictionary

  • paean — n. (lit.) hymn of praise 1) to sing a paean 2) a paean to (to sing a paean to smb. s glory) * * * [ piːən] (lit.) [ hymn of praise ] to sing a paean a paean to (to sing a paean to smb. s glory) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • paean — ⇒PÉAN, PAEAN, subst. masc. A. ANTIQ. GR. Hymne d allégresse et de reconnaissance en l honneur d Apollon. Dans les banquets des clubs (...) on chantait le paean en l honneur d Apollon (TAINE, Philos. art., t.2, 1865, p.173). P. ext. Chant… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • paean — paeanism, n. /pee euhn/, n. 1. any song of praise, joy, or triumph. 2. a hymn of invocation or thanksgiving to Apollo or some other ancient Greek deity. Also, pean. [1535 45; < L: religious or festive hymn, special use of Paean appellation of… …   Universalium

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