Definition of paeon in English:

paeon

noun

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

    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

paeon

/ˈpiːən/