Paean



[pee-uh n] /ˈpi ən/

noun
1.
any song of praise, joy, or triumph.
2.
a hymn of invocation or thanksgiving to Apollo or some other ancient Greek deity.
/ˈpiːən/
noun
1.
a hymn sung in ancient Greece in invocation of or thanksgiving to a deity
2.
any song of praise
3.
enthusiastic praise: the film received a paean from the critics
n.

1590s, from Latin paean “hymn of deliverance,” from Greek paian “hymn, chant, hymn to Apollo,” from Paian, a name of the god of healing; originally the physician of the gods (in Homer), later merged with Apollo; literally “one who touches” (i.e. “one who heals by a touch”), from paio “to touch, strike.”

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