[ par-uh-gon, -guh n ]
/ ˈpær əˌgɒn, -gən /


verb (used with object)

Origin of paragon

1540–50; < Middle French < Old Italian paragone comparison, perhaps < Greek parágōn, present participle of parágein ‘to bring side by side’
Related formspar·a·gon·less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for paragon


/ (ˈpærəɡən) /


a model of excellence; patterna paragon of virtue
a size of printer's type, approximately equal to 20 point

verb (tr)

  1. to equal or surpass
  2. to compare
  3. to regard as a paragon

Word Origin for paragon

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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