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paean

[pee-uh n] /ˈpi ən/
noun
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.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; < Latin: religious or festive hymn, special use of Paean appellation of Apollo < Greek Paiā́n physician of the gods
Related forms
paeanism, noun
Can be confused
paean, paeon, peon.
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British Dictionary definitions for paean

paean

/ˈpiːən/
noun
1.
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
Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek paiān hymn to Apollo, from his title Paiān, denoting the physician of the gods
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Word Origin and History for paean
n.

1590s, from Latin paean "hymn of deliverance," from Greek paian "hymn, chant, hymn to Apollo," from Paian, a name of the god of healing; originally the physician of the gods (in Homer), later merged with Apollo; literally "one who touches" (i.e. "one who heals by a touch"), from paio "to touch, strike."

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Encyclopedia Article for paean

solemn choral lyric of invocation, joy, or triumph, originating in ancient Greece, where it was addressed to Apollo in his guise as Paean, physician to the gods. In the Mycenaean Linear B tablets from the late 2nd millennium BC, the word pa-ja-wo-ne is used as a name for a healer god. This god's name was later associated with Apollo and his son Asclepius.

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