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[par-uh-gon, -guh n] /ˈpær əˌgɒn, -gən/
a model or pattern of excellence or of a particular excellence:
a paragon of virtue.
someone of exceptional merit:
Just who is this paragon whose name is on everyone's lips?
Synonyms: nonesuch, nonpareil.
Printing. a 20-point type.
an unusually large, round pearl.
verb (used with object)
Rare. to compare; parallel.
Archaic. to be a match for; rival.
Obsolete. to surpass.
Obsolete. to regard as a paragon.
Origin of paragon
1540-50; < Middle French < Old Italian paragone comparison, perhaps < Greek parágōn, present participle of parágein ‘to bring side by side’
Related forms
paragonless, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for paragon
  • Such a paragon never wears jeans, or drinks alcohol, or smokes.
  • It's a paragon of accessible legal writing.
  • One of the best albums of the year so far was made by this paragon of power trios.
  • How privileged I was to have been introduced to book publishing by a paragon of kindness, honesty and true literary acumen.
  • Oddly enough, I'm not a paragon of health.
  • She sounds like a paragon of maturity.
  • Our empire was a paragon of free trade and religious tolerance.
  • It is a paragon of beet salad.
  • This is intolerable in a society that holds itself out to the world as a paragon of justice.
  • Enter that paragon of self-reliance, the entrepreneur.
British Dictionary definitions for paragon


a model of excellence; pattern: a paragon of virtue
a size of printer's type, approximately equal to 20 point
verb (transitive)
  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 paragon

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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paragon in Technology

Mark Sherman. IEEE Software (Nov 1991).

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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