Definition of paeon in English:


Line breaks: paeon
Pronunciation: /ˈpiːən


A metrical foot of one long syllable and three short syllables in any order.
More example sentences
  • Still, the first paeon can be heard as a regular, distinct element, especially in the first version of the poem.
  • Take notice that the outriding feet are not to be confused with dactyls or paeons, though sometimes the line might be scanned either way.


early 17th century: via Latin from Greek paiōn, the Attic form of paian 'hymn of thanksgiving to Apollo' (see paean).



Pronunciation: /piːˈɒnɪk/
More example sentences
  • Here, Hopkins contrasts smoother ‘falling paeonic rhythms’ with more heavily stressed ‘sprung and outriding’ rhythm.

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