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[pee-uh n] /ˈpi ən/

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

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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