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Paean \P[ae]"an\ (p[=e]`an), n. [L. paean, Gr. paia`n, fr. Paia`n the physician of the gods, later, Apollo. Cf. P[ae]on, Peony.] [Written also pean.]

  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, joy, or praise.
    --Dryden. ``Public p[ae]ans of congratulation.''
    --De Quincey.

  3. See P[ae]on.


n. 1 (context tincture English) A heraldic fur of yellow spots on a black field. 2 (alternative spelling of paean English) 3 (alternative spelling of peen English)

  1. n. (ancient Greece) a hymn of praise (especially one sung in ancient Greece to invoke or thank a deity) [syn: paean]

  2. a formal expression of praise [syn: encomium, eulogy, panegyric, paean]


Pean may refer to:

  • pean, the reverse of erminois (see Ermine (heraldry))
  • Péan, also called a hemostat
Pean (Bishop of Poznan)

Pean was a twelfth-century Roman Catholic Bishop of Poznan, Poland.

Little is known of his life career or episcopacy. He is recorded as Chancellor of Prince Mieszko the Old in a document dated 2 March 1145, written by papal legate Cardinal Humbalda to the Abbey of Trzemesznie, near Gniezno.

He was bishop of Poznan from 1146 till 1152. The dates of his episcopacy in the Diocese of Poznan are reported in Annales Lubinensis. He is also known from the records of the Liber Lubinensis fraternity, which establishes that he was one of the benefactors of the Abbey of Lubin (pictured). He died on 16 April 1152.

Usage examples of "pean".

In this capacity it was his good fortune to live in the families of the substantial tenantry of the district, two of whom, the farmers at Clunes and Glen Pean, were led to evince an especial interest in his welfare.

I was enabled to shake the hands of Edgar Quinet, of Chauffour, of Clement Dulac, of Bancel, of Versigny, of Emile Pean, and I again met our energetic and honest host of the Rue Blanche, Coppens, and our courageous colleague, Pons Stande, whom we had lost sight of in the smoke of the battle.

Mary Ellen considered the sound a mixture between a wail at their having been driven from the pasture to a pean of praise at the imminent relief of their low-flung swinging udders.

What terrible pean would he send whistling down to the dull earth far below?

A strident, gibing burst of merriment, the pealing tones reechoed through the courtyard, a pean of victory that brought awe to those who heard it.

The heavy spike pean gouged through the barred vizor of the other’s armet.

They were at too great a distance for the Euro peans to know whether their facial expressions portrayed pity or rage, but be that as it may, none offered to interfere.

With the sweetness of the voice of an angel from heaven the Euro peans heard the sharp-barked commands of an English non com.