• WordNet 3.6
    • n paean a formal expression of praise
    • n paean (ancient Greece) a hymn of praise (especially one sung in ancient Greece to invoke or thank a deity)
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Paean pē′an a song of triumph: any joyous song: a song in honour of Apollo, later also of Dionysus and Ares
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. Paian or Paiōn, an epithet of Apollo.


In literature:

Under these circumstances, the man deserves but little credit who sings paeans to its glory.
"The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Jefferson Davis
The passionate paeans which Otis and his friends sang to Liberty were irrelevant.
"American Sketches" by Charles Whibley
He shouted out a joyful paean with the voice of his heart.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
A knell to the despot, a paean to the slave, it thundered round the world.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 87, January, 1865" by Various
Prepare the joyous triumph, invoke the God Paean, and crown thyself with the shining laurel.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
Their hearts did not sing exultant paeans that throbbed out of them like joy-notes from a meadow-lark's throat.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
Triumphant rolls his paean.
"The Masque of the Elements" by Herman Scheffauer
At thought of this prospect, now imminent, he uplifted his soul in a silent paean of thanksgiving.
"Sundry Accounts" by Irvin S. Cobb
Didn't she chant paeans over them?
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 6, July 1905" by Various
Meanwhile Mr. Barr had finished his paean and seated himself near me.
"A Romantic Young Lady" by Robert Grant

In poetry:

Then let Fame's banner be unfurled!
Sing Paeans for a victory won!
Ye tapers, that would light the world,
And cast a shadow on the Sun -
"Fame's Penny-Trumpet" by Lewis Carroll
Where, where are they Whom Paean's ray
Has touch'd, and bid divinely rave?-
What! none aspire? I snatch the lyre,
And plunge into the foaming wave.
"Ocean: An Ode. Concluding With A Wish." by Edward Young
And sing a paean o'er the dead,
A requiem for the brave;
Sing hymns of cheerful melody
Above each soldier's grave;
In solemn joy, with festal folds,
Let the old banner wave!
"Harvard's Dead" by Samuel Francis Smith
See the nymphs and swains advancing,
To harmonious measures dancing:
Grateful Io Paeans rise
To thee, O Power! who can inspire
Soothing words — or words of fire,
And shook thy plumes in Attic skies!
"Ode To Eloquence " by Henry Carey
Old Menmon! Once again thy Poet-voice
May sing sweet paeans to the golden Morn,
Again may hail the saviour Light sun-born,
And bid the wild and desert waste rejoice,--
Again with sighs the looming darkness mourn.
"Memnon" by Walter Richard Cassels
Thou callest to a deep within my soul—
Untraversed and unsounded; at thy voice
Abysses move with phantoms unbegot.
What paeans haunt me and what pangs control!—
Thunders wherewith the seraphim rejoice,
And mighty hunger for I know not what.
"Sonnets on the Sea's Voice" by George Sterling

In news:

Naples Players' '42nd Street' a glittering paean to show biz.
In 2001, longtime antiques dealer Richard Harris ditched his stock and started over from scratch, saying, "I believe it is incumbent upon me to make my collection a paean to death in all its many visages".
Macy's Melds Past and Present in a Marketing Paean to a Christmas Movie Classic.
Jill Magid's paean to the unspoken word at Honor Fraser.
'Super 8' review: A+ for paean to B-movie SciFi.
'African Cats': A paean to feline mothers.
A Paean to Pop's Tom Dowd.
For a Paean to Heroic Women, a Place at History's Table.
Valentine's Day a paean to love - and good health.
Author Robin Sloan's paean to books—both digital and on paper—is filled with elements so plausible readers will want to Google them to see whether they're real.
"Lift a paean of praise to Sammy Baugh," began Shirley Povich's column in The Post 75 years ago today.
In Edwin Markham's paean to Lincoln, he is called a "Man of the People" formed from the "tried clay of the common road.".
The Gaslight Anthem are on the main stage, performing "Andy Diamond's Church Street Choir," the band's paean to its hometown of New Brunswick.
A collector's "paean to death" displayed in "Morbid Curiosity".
English rugby writers had a busy Saturday night as their pre-written obituaries on the nation's November series had to be hastily rescripted into paeans of praise in the wake of the astonishing events at Twickenham.