- something that is an accessory to a main work or subject; embellishment.
- work undertaken in addition to one's principal work.
Origin of parergon
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Examples from the Web for parergon
Parergon, pa-rėr′gon, n. a by-work, any work subsidiary to another.
Sometimes this making or doing was their profession; sometimes it was a parergon carried on deliciously in leisure hours.The House by the River
A. P. Herbert
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.
- work that is not one's main employment
C17: from Latin, from Greek, from para- 1 + ergon work