Pæ·an n. [Written also pean.]
1. An ancient Greek hymn in honor of Apollo as a healing deity, and, later, a song addressed to other deities.
2. Any loud and joyous song; a song of triumph, joy, or praise. --Dryden. “Public pæans of congratulation.”
3. See Pæon.
n 1: a formal expression of praise [syn: encomium, eulogy, panegyric,
2: (ancient Greece) a hymn of praise (especially one sung in
ancient Greece to invoke or thank a deity) [syn: pean]