- 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?
- Printing. a 20-point type.
- an unusually large, round pearl.
- Rare. to compare; parallel.
- Archaic. to be a match for; rival.
- Obsolete. to surpass.
- Obsolete. to regard as a paragon.
Origin of paragon
Examples from the Web for paragon
The Ralph Retort, a paragon of ethical journalism websites, decided to make crowdsourcing stuff to discredit me into a project.Rage Against GamerGate’s Hate Machine: What I Got For Speaking Up
November 17, 2014
Paragon of virtue Oliver North called for charges to be filed against Warner Brothers Music.A Brief History of the Phrase 'F*ck the Police'
August 23, 2014
While Bacall seems like a paragon of cool confidence in the final product, she was a nervous wreck on set.Bogie & Bacall: A Hollywood Romance for the Ages
August 13, 2014
The man who holds ABC/ESPN's wacky goulash of World Cup punditry together strikes viewers as a paragon of congeniality.World Cup Anchor Mike Tirico’s Bizarre History: Reports of Stalking and Sexual Harassment
July 1, 2014
He was a paragon of masculinity—a tall, dark, and impossibly handsome enigma.What's Happened to Don Draper? Why Everyone’s Favorite ‘Mad Men’ Stud Needs His Mojo Back
April 16, 2014
Then who says Miss Clarissa Harlowe is the paragon of virtue?Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
By Heracles, I said, there never was such a paragon, if he has only one other slight addition.Charmides
I can afford to marry, without believing my husband to be a paragon—could you do as much?'Lord Kilgobbin
According to him, she was a paragon of beauty and accomplishments.Diary And Notes Of Horace Templeton, Esq.
Charles James Lever
They will no longer be limited by the defects of their paragon in their efforts to make the most of life.The Mistakes of Jesus
- a model of excellence; patterna paragon of virtue
- a size of printer's type, approximately equal to 20 point
- to equal or surpass
- to compare
- to regard as a paragon
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).