- Paean is a song that expresses great or enthusiastic joy or praise.
A song expressing thanks and praise is an example of a paean.
- in ancient Greece, a hymn of thanksgiving to the gods, esp. to Apollo
- a song of joy, triumph, praise, etc.
Origin of paeanClassical Latin ; from Classical Greek paian, hymn ; from Paian, the healing one, epithet of Apollo ; from paiein, to strike, touch ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European base an unverified form pēu- from source pave
- A song of joyful praise or exultation.
- A fervent expression of joy or praise: “The art &ellipsis; was a paean to paganism” (Will Durant).
- An ancient Greek hymn of thanksgiving or invocation, especially to Apollo.
Origin of paeanLatin paeān, hymn of thanksgiving, often addressed to Apollo, from Greek paiān, from Paiā, a title of Apollo.
(third-person singular simple present paeans, present participle paeaning, simple past and past participle paeaned)
- To praise.
From Ancient Greek παιάν.