What does the word paean mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by Edward Dowden
  3. Manalive was a paean of joy to life. – Gilbert Keith Chesterton by Maisie Ward