Part of speech: noun

A choral ode; song of joy.

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Usage examples "paean":

  1. Poised on the point of an iron spike in the line that bristled along the wall, a mocking bird preened, then spread his wings, soared and finally swept downward, thrilling the air with the bravura of the " tumbling song"; and over the rampart that shut out the world, drifted the refrain of a paean to peace: " Bob White!" - "At the Mercy of Tiberius", August Evans Wilson.
  2. But Browning in his verse, setting aside the early Strafford, nowhere celebrates a popular political movement; he nowhere chaunts a paean, in the manner of Byron or Shelley, in honour of the abstraction " Liberty." - "Robert Browning", Edward Dowden.
  3. Manalive was a paean of joy to life. - "Gilbert Keith Chesterton", Maisie Ward.