1. An ancient Greek hymn in honor of Apollo as a healing deity, and, later, a song addressed to other deities.

2. Any loud and joyous song; a song of triumph. "Public paeans of congratulation."

3. See Paeon.

Origin: L. Paean, Gr, fr. The physician of the gods, later, Apollo. Cf. Paeon, Peony

Alternative forms: pean.

(01 Mar 1998)

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