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paragon

[ par-uh-gon, -guhn ]
/ ˈpær əˌgɒn, -gən /
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noun

verb (used with object)

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Origin of paragon

First recorded in 1540–50; from Middle French paragon, parangon “model,” from Old Italian paragone “touchstone,” from paragonare “to compare, test on a touchstone,” from Greek parakonân “to sharpen, whet,” equivalent to para- “beside, alongside” + akonân “to sharpen, whet,” a derivative of akónē “whetstone, bone”
par·a·gon·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for paragon

paragon
/ (ˈpærəɡən) /

noun

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

verb (tr)

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