from The Century Dictionary.
- noun See
- noun 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun An ancient Greek hymn in honor of Apollo as a healing deity, and, later, a song addressed to other deities.
- noun Any loud and joyous song; a song of triumph, joy, or praise.
- noun See
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- noun Alternative spelling of
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- noun a formal expression of praise
- noun (ancient Greece) a hymn of praise (especially one sung in ancient Greece to invoke or thank a deity)
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