from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A song of joyful praise or exultation.
- n. A fervent expression of joy or praise: "The art . . . was a paean to paganism” ( Will Durant).
- n. An ancient Greek hymn of thanksgiving or invocation, especially to Apollo.
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- n. Any loud and joyous song; a song of triumph.
- n. An enthusiastic expression of praise.
- v. To praise.
I've always wanted to use the word paean in a post --
Its impact on Reilly, who was at Wilson's bedside at the very end, ran much deeper, and while this work is explicitly signalled as a 'paean' - literally a song of joy or exultation - it is one etched in melancholy notes.
How else to explain Vogue editor Anna Wintour's decision this month to publish a 3,000-word paean to that "freshest and most magnetic of first ladies," Syria's Asma al-Assad?
Barney Ronay took time out from lovingly carving 'BR+JC' into a tree-trunk to rattle out this 908-word paean to new Liverpool recruit Joe Cole.
The word paean – pronounced “pee-an” – is an old one that has fallen into disuse.
The paean was a prayer for all seasons and occasions, from war to weddings.
The paean was a ritual chant that the men of classical Greek armies sang as they advanced into battle, rallied, or celebrated victory.
The paean was a ritual chant that classical Greek soldiers and sailors sang as they advanced into battle, rallied, or celebrated victory.
The paean was the war chant sung by troops going into battle.
The paean is a third class of rhythm, closely akin to both the two already mentioned; it has in it the ratio of three to two, whereas the other two kinds have the ratio of one to one, and two to one respectively.