Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Originally, a hymn to a help-giving god, especially Apollo, under the title of Pæan or Pæon, containing the invocation ‘Io Pæan’ (
ἰω\or ἰήεΠαιάν), asking for aid in war or other trouble, or giving thanks for aid received; hence, a war-song sung before a battle in honor of Ares, or after a battle as a thanksgiving to Apollo; in later times, a hymn in praise of other gods, or even of mortals; hence, a song of triumph generally; a loud and joyous song.
- n. See pæon.
- n. alternative spelling of paean.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An ancient Greek hymn in honor of Apollo as a healing deity, and, later, a song addressed to other deities.
- n. Any loud and joyous song; a song of triumph, joy, or praise.
- n. See Pæon.
- n. a formal expression of praise
- n. (ancient Greece) a hymn of praise (especially one sung in ancient Greece to invoke or thank a deity)
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