noun, plural par·er·ga [pa-rur-guh] /pæˈrɜr gə/.

something that is an accessory to a main work or subject; embellishment.
work undertaken in addition to one's principal work.

Origin of parergon

1595–1605; < Greek párergon, noun use of neuter of párergos beside the main subject, subordinate, equivalent to par- par- + érg(on) work + -os adj. suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for parerga

Historical Examples of parerga

  • Ritschl (Parerga, p. 229) argues that the passages refer to cases of extraordinary public approval, not to formal contests.

    The Dramatic Values in Plautus

    Wilton Wallace Blancke

British Dictionary definitions for parerga


noun plural -ga (-ɡə)

work that is not one's main employment

Word Origin for parergon

C17: from Latin, from Greek, from para- 1 + ergon work
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012