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paeon Syllabification: pae·on
Pronunciation: /ˈpēən/

Definition of paeon in English:


A metrical foot of one long syllable and three short syllables in any order.
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.


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


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

Words that rhyme with paeon

Actaeon, Aegean, aeon (US eon), Augean, Behan, Cadmean, Caribbean, Carolean, Chaldean, Cyclopean, empyrean, epicurean, European, Fijian, Galilean, Hasmonean, Hebridean, Herculean, Ian, Jacobean, Kampuchean, Laodicean, lien, Linnaean (US Linnean), Maccabean, Mandaean (US Mandean), Medicean, monogenean, Nabataean (US Nabatean), Orphean, paean, pean, peon, Periclean, piscean, plebeian, Pyrenean, Pythagorean, Sabaean, Sadducean, Sisyphean, skean, Tanzanian, Tennesseean, Terpsichorean, theodicean, Tyrolean
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