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proem

[proh-em] /ˈproʊ ɛm/
noun
1.
an introductory discourse; introduction; preface; preamble.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; < Latin prooemium < Greek prooímion prelude (pro- pro-2 + oím(ē) song + -ion diminutive suffix); replacing Middle English proheme < Middle French < Latin, as above
Related forms
proemial
[proh-ee-mee-uh l, -em-ee-] /proʊˈi mi əl, -ˈɛm i-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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proem

/ˈprəʊɛm/
noun
1.
an introduction or preface, such as to a work of literature
Derived Forms
proemial (prəʊˈiːmɪəl) adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin prooemium introduction, from Greek prooimion, from pro-² + hoimē song
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Word Origin and History for proemial

proem

n.

late 14c., proheme "brief introduction, prelude," from Old French proheme (14c., Modern French proème), from Latin prooemium, from Greek prooimion "prelude" to anything, especially music and poetry, from pro- "before" (see pro-) + oimos "way" or oime "song."

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