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noun, plural par·er·ga [pa-rur-guh] /pæˈrɜr gə/.
  1. something that is an accessory to a main work or subject; embellishment.
  2. work undertaken in addition to one's principal work.
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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
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Historical Examples of parergon

  • Parergon, pa-rėr′gon, n. a by-work, any work subsidiary to another.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 3 of 4: N-R)


  • Sometimes this making or doing was their profession; sometimes it was a parergon carried on deliciously in leisure hours.

  • Ei d toutous ektrapomenos exelenchoimi, meizon an moi to parergon tou ergou genoito.

  • By 1595 the number of maps had increased to 119, including a Parergon or supplement of 12 maps illustrating ancient history.

British Dictionary definitions for parergon


noun plural -ga (-ɡə)
  1. work that is not one's main employment
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Word Origin for parergon

C17: from Latin, from Greek, from para- 1 + ergon work
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