Meaning of priamel in English:


Pronunciation /prɪˈaml/


  • Originally: a type of short poem cultivated in Germany in the 15th and 16th centuries, culminating in a witty or ingenious turn of thought. Later applied to similar literary forms; specifically (in ancient Greek poetry) a device in which a number of items or options, culminating in a preferred one, are listed for comparison.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in American Journal of Philology. From German Priamel type of short poem, literary device in classical poetry, variant of preambel type of short poem, apparently a specific use of preambel preamble (now Präambel; from post-classical Latin praeambulum).