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pean

[pee-uh n] /ˈpi ən/
noun
1.

paean

or pean

[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.
Origin of paean
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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Historical Examples
  • I deliberated, therefore, as to whether I should go up the mountain alone and let pean go back, but decided it would be useless.

    Cruisings in the Cascades George O. Shields
  • Bigot winked at De pean and smiled furtively, as much as to say, "You know how to interpret my words."

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • pean sprang after them, and in a few minutes I heard the dull, muffled report of his musket.

    Cruisings in the Cascades George O. Shields
  • The deer had fallen after going but a few yards, but was not quite dead when pean came up and shot it through the head.

    Cruisings in the Cascades George O. Shields
  • Thus, erminois would be in French blazon: d'or, sem d'hermines de sable; pean would be de sable, sem d'hermines d'or.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry Arthur Charles Fox-Davies
  • pean cut only a handful of boughs, spread them near the fire, threw his coat over them, and lay down.

    Cruisings in the Cascades George O. Shields
  • pean brought with him a cotton bedspread that had also once been white, but left this with the canoe.

    Cruisings in the Cascades George O. Shields
  • Old pean complained of feeling unwell during the evening, and in the morning when we got up said he was sick.

    Cruisings in the Cascades George O. Shields
  • "De pean does not lie, Le Gardeur," answered she, frightened at his look.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • Analogy requires Euro'pean, and this is supported by as good authorities as the other.

British Dictionary definitions for pean

pean1

/ˈpiːən/
noun
1.
a less common US spelling of paean

pean2

/piːn/
noun
1.
(heraldry) a fur of sable spotted with or
Word Origin
C16: of uncertain origin

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 pean

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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