Proem Pro"em, n. [L. prooemium, Gr. ?; ? before + ? way, course or strain of a song: cf. F. pro[`e]me.] Preface; introduction; preliminary observations; prelude. [1913 Webster]

Thus much may serve by way of proem. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

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  • Proem — Pro em, v. t. To preface. [Obs.] South. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proem — index overture, preamble, preface, prelude Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • proem — late 14c., proheme brief introduction, prelude, from O.Fr. proheme (14c.), from L. prooemium, from Gk. prooimion prelude, from pro before (see PRO (Cf. pro )) + oimos way or oime song …   Etymology dictionary

  • proem — [prō′em] n. [ME proheme < MFr < L prooemium < Gr prooimion < pro , before + oimē, song] Now Rare an introduction or preface proemial [prō ē′mē əl] adj …   English World dictionary

  • proem — n. A prose poem; a work written in prose but incorporating poetic imagery and rhythms. [Prose + poem.] proet n. Example Citations: He read a variety of forms of poetry, including librettos, verse meant to be set to music; sestinas, poems… …   New words

  • proem — noun Etymology: Middle English proheme, from Anglo French proeme, from Latin prooemium, from Greek prooimion, from pro + oimē song; probably akin to Hittite išamai song, Sanskrit syati he binds more at sinew Date: 14th century 1. preliminary… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • proem — proemial /proh ee mee euhl, em ee /, adj. /proh em/, n. an introductory discourse; introduction; preface; preamble. [1350 1400; < L prooemium < Gk prooímion prelude (pro PRO 2 + oím(e) song + ion dim. suffix); r. ME proheme < MF < L, as above] *… …   Universalium

  • proem — noun an introduction, preface or preamble See Also: proemial …   Wiktionary

  • proem — pro·em || prəʊem n. initial statement, opening remark; introduction, preamble; preface, foreword …   English contemporary dictionary

  • proem — [ prəʊɪm] noun formal a preface or preamble to a book or speech. Derivatives proemial i:mɪəl adjective Origin ME: from OFr. proeme, via L. from Gk prooimion prelude , from pro before + oimē song …   English new terms dictionary

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