- Paean is a song that expresses great or enthusiastic joy or praise.
A song expressing thanks and praise is an example of a paean.
paean definition by Webster's New World
- in ancient Greece, a hymn of thanksgiving to the gods, esp. to Apollo
- a song of joy, triumph, praise, etc.
Origin: Classical 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
paean definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A song of joyful praise or exultation.
- A fervent expression of joy or praise: “The art . . . was a paean to paganism” (Will Durant).
- An ancient Greek hymn of thanksgiving or invocation, especially to Apollo.
Origin: Latin paeān, hymn of thanksgiving, often addressed to Apollo, from Greek paiān, from Paiā, a title of Apollo.
- paeˌan·isˈtic adjective