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proem Syllabification: pro·em
Pronunciation: /ˈprōˌem/ /-əm/

Definition of proem in English:


A preface or preamble to a book or speech.
Example sentences
  • The proem to the Ode ‘On the Morning of Christ's Nativity’ describes the poem as both a ‘hymn’ and a ‘humble ode.’
  • ‘The Hymn’ that follows the proem presents an array of conflicting, powerful voices, whether divine, human, natural, bestial, or demonic.
  • In the first five lines, however, Archytas provides a proem on the value of the sciences (mathêmata) in general.


Late Middle English: from Old French proeme, via Latin from Greek prooimion 'prelude', from pro 'before' + oimē 'song'.



Pronunciation: /prōˈemēəl/

Words that rhyme with proem

idem • modem • diadem

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