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paragon

[par-uh-gon, -guh n] /ˈpær əˌgɒn, -gən/
noun
1.
a model or pattern of excellence or of a particular excellence:
a paragon of virtue.
2.
someone of exceptional merit:
Just who is this paragon whose name is on everyone's lips?
Synonyms: nonesuch, nonpareil.
3.
Printing. a 20-point type.
4.
an unusually large, round pearl.
verb (used with object)
5.
Rare. to compare; parallel.
6.
Archaic. to be a match for; rival.
7.
Obsolete. to surpass.
8.
Obsolete. to regard as a paragon.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; < Middle French < Old Italian paragone comparison, perhaps < Greek parágōn, present participle of parágein ‘to bring side by side’
Related forms
paragonless, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for par agon

paragon

/ˈpærəɡən/
noun
1.
a model of excellence; pattern: a paragon of virtue
2.
a size of printer's type, approximately equal to 20 point
verb (transitive)
3.
(archaic)
  1. to equal or surpass
  2. to compare
  3. to regard as a paragon
Word Origin
C16: via French from Old Italian paragone comparison, from Medieval Greek parakonē whetstone, from Greek parakonan to sharpen against, from para-1 + akonan to sharpen, from akonē whetstone
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Word Origin and History for par agon

paragon

n.

1540s, from Middle French paragon "a model, pattern of excellence" (15c., Modern French parangon), from Italian paragone, originally "touchstone to test gold" (early 14c.), from paragonare "to test on a touchstone, compare," from Greek parakonan "to sharpen, whet," from para- "on the side" (see para- (1)) + akone "whetstone," from PIE root *ak- "sharp, pointed" (see acrid).

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