Definition of Paean

1. Noun. A formal expression of praise.




2. Noun. (ancient Greece) a hymn of praise (especially one sung in ancient Greece to invoke or thank a deity).
Exact synonyms: Pean
Generic synonyms: Anthem, Hymn
Geographical relationships: Ellas, Greece, Hellenic Republic
Category relationships: Antiquity

Definition of Paean

1. Noun. Any loud and joyous song; a song of triumph. ¹

2. Noun. An enthusiastic expression of praise. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Paean

1. a song of joy [n -S]

Medical Definition of Paean

1. 1. An ancient Greek hymn in honor of Apollo as a healing deity, and, later, a song addressed to other deities. 2. Any loud and joyous song; a song of triumph. "Public paeans of congratulation." 3. See Paeon. Origin: L. Paean, Gr, fr. The physician of the gods, later, Apollo. Cf. Paeon, Peony Alternative forms: pean. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Paean

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Literary usage of Paean

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1. Cornell Studies in Classical Philology by Cornell University (1900)
"Artemis is closely associated with the worship of Apollo at Delos, and any testimony that would connect the paean with the worship of Artemis would confirm ..."

2. A Study of the Greek Pæan: With Appendixes Containing the Hymns Found at by Arthur Fairbanks (1900)
"The paean refrain does not occur in the fragments in question, but probably it was originally added at the end of stanza or hymn. ..."

3. Heroes and Heroines of Fiction, Classical Mediæval, Legendary: Classical by William Shepard Walsh (1915)
"paean (Gr. Paian, the Healer), the son of Endymion, was originally the physician of the gods on Olympus. When Ares is wounded by Diomed and flies screaming ..."

4. Cretan Elements in the Cults and Ritual of Apollo by Mary Hamilton Swindler (1913)
"paean. Ancient tradition derived the paean from Crete.1 According to Strabo, not only the dance and certain rhythms among the Lacedaemonians were called ..."

5. Ancient and Modern Familiar Quotations from the Greek, Latin, and Modern (1875)
"A name given to APOLLO; a song of triumph, as such songs generally commenced with the invocation lo paean. Hence paean, a song of triumph. ..."

6. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1911)
"432) definitely separates the two, and in later poetry paean is invoked ... It is equally difficult to discover the relation between paean or Paeon in the ..."

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