One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A preface or preamble to a book or speech.
beginning, start, outset, inception, launch, birth, dawnView synonyms
- ‘‘The Hymn’ that follows the proem presents an array of conflicting, powerful voices, whether divine, human, natural, bestial, or demonic.’
- ‘This larger context is the proem, or introductory poem, which prefaced the invocation.’
- ‘The proem to the Ode ‘On the Morning of Christ's Nativity’ describes the poem as both a ‘hymn’ and a ‘humble ode.’’
- ‘The book's epigraph-like proem is a hint of what's to come.’
- ‘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’.
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