• WordNet 3.6
    • n pean a formal expression of praise
    • n pean (ancient Greece) a hymn of praise (especially one sung in ancient Greece to invoke or thank a deity)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pean A song of praise and triumph. See Pæan.
    • n Pean pēn (Her) One of the furs, the ground being sable, and the spots or tufts or.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pean See pæan.
    • n pean In heraldry, one of the furs, having the ground sable, powdered with ermine spots or.
    • pean See peen.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pean pēn one of the heraldic furs, differing from ermine only in the tinctures, the ground being sable and the spots of gold.
    • Pean . See Pæan.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. pene, F. panne,


In literature:

I could make De Pean talk the Intendant's head off his shoulders, if I had him an hour in my confessional.
"The Golden Dog" by William Kirby
The cry of the child for bread reaches further into the universe than peans sung to kings.
"Wise or Otherwise" by Lydia Leavitt
This mantle is always described as doubled, that is, lined throughout with one of the furs, as ermine, pean, vary.
"The Manual of Heraldry; Fifth Edition" by Anonymous
A word from Madame Pean to Bigot is of more value than a bribe.
"Canada: the Empire of the North" by Agnes C. Laut
Such glad bursts of welcome, such joyous laughter and absolute peans of delight.
"The Girls at Mount Morris" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
I've nuttin' put peans.
"The Trail of the Goldseekers" by Hamlin Garland
They are all invited to Mistress Pean's to take tea, and pick everybody to pieces.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
The glad Easter ringing of bells and singing of peans have certainly charmed you back to earth!
"Operas Every Child Should Know" by Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
Yesterday we bowed the knee to Mars; to-day we join in peans to the Prince of Peace.
"Prize Orations of the Intercollegiate Peace Association" by Intercollegiate Peace Association
Hughes Pean was the town major of Quebec, but his chief hold on Bigot lay in the beauty of his wife, the charming Angelique des Meloises.
"Old Quebec" by Sir Gilbert Parker and Claude Glennon Bryan

In poetry:

Hasten, oh Lord! the glorious time
When everywhere beneath the skies,
From every land and every clime,
Peans to Liberty shall rise!
"Prayer Of The Oppressed" by James Monroe Whitfield
And the song of another has through the words
An under current of sadness;
But he sets it to music of ringing chords,
And makes it a pean of gladness.
"Our Lives" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Be hopeful, sweet singer; man may not raise
To lays that thou pourest high peans of praise:
The nightingale's song will ever delight,
Though sung in the gloom and silence of night.
"Be Hopeful: IV -- The Resume" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

Jewelry Designer Monique Pean .
Two weeks ago, Hearsay appealed to the pean.
The Progressive Underground w/ Chris Campbell serves up a creative mix Afro-pean, house, electronic all the things that will make Sunday night with WDET unforgettable.
It segues into "How About Rambler ," a pean to the many things that make Rambler cars a success (value that anyone would proudly possess.
Mia Pean's heart sank last week when she saw the Toyota pickup truck cruising the debris-cluttered streets of Leogagne, ground zero for the earthquake that has devastated Haiti.
The Very Best blaze forth with sun-drenched, virtuoisic Afro-pean pop.