noun Etymology: Latin, from Greek paiōn, from paian, paiōn paean Date: 1603 a metrical foot of four syllables with one long and three short syllables (as in classical prosody) or with one stressed and three unstressed syllables (as in English prosody)

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  • paeon — p[ae] on (p[=e] [o^]n), n. [L. paeon, Gr. paiw n a solemn song, also, a p[ae]on, equiv. to paia n. See {P[ae]an}.] (Anc. Poet.) A foot of four syllables, one long and three short, admitting of four combinations, according to the place of the long …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • paeon — (n.) c.1600, from L. paeon, from Gk. paion (see PAEAN (Cf. paean)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Paeon — PAEON, onis, Gr. Παιὼν, ῶνος, ein Beynamen des Apollo, unter welchem er zu Oropus verehret wurde. Pausan. Att. c. 34. p. 64. Er hat mit dem vorhergehenden einerley Bedeutung. Eustath. ap. Voss. Etymol. in Iambus, p. 300. b …   Gründliches mythologisches Lexikon

  • paeon — [pē′ən] n. [L < Gr (Attic) paiōn,PAEAN] Gr. & Latin Prosody a foot of three short syllables and one long syllable occurring in any order …   English World dictionary

  • PAEON — I. PAEON Amathusius, utrum inter Historicos locum habere debeat, nondum cnstat. Memoratur Plutarcho, in Thesea. Vide etiam Paeones. II. PAEON Medicus peritissimus, quem Homer. l. 5. Il. scribit curâsse Plutonuem, graviter ab Hercule vulneratum; a …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Paeon — Paieon (lat.: Paeon) ist in der griechischen Mythologie der Sohn von Endymion, dem König von Elis. Sein Vater ließ ein Wettrennen unter seinen Söhnen Paieon, Aitolos und Epeios austragen. Der Sieger dieses Wettrennens wurde Epeios. Paieon ist der …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • paeon — /pee euhn, on/, n. Class. Pros. a foot of one long and three short syllables in any order. [1595 1605; < L paeon < Gk paion, Attic var. of paián; see PAEAN] * * * …   Universalium

  • paeon — pae•on [[t]ˈpi ən, ɒn[/t]] n. pro (in classical prosody) a foot of one long and three short syllables in any order • Etymology: 1595–1605; < L paeōn < Gk paiṓn; see paean …   From formal English to slang

  • paeon — /ˈpiən/ (say peeuhn) noun a metrical foot of four syllables, one long (in any position) and three short. {Latin, from Greek paiōn paeon, hymn, Attic variant of paiān paean} …   Australian English dictionary

  • paeon — noun A foot containing any pattern of three short syllables and one long syllable …   Wiktionary

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