- The definition of a paragon is a model of excellence or perfection, or a flawless diamond that weighs at least one hundred carats.
An example of paragon is a perfect research paper.
- Paragon is defined as to compare or be a match for.
An example of paragon is to compare each page of the student's work against a page of the teacher's work.
- a model or pattern of perfection or excellence
- a perfect diamond weighing a hundred carats or more
- a large, perfectly round pearl
Origin of paragonMiddle French (Fr parangon) ; from Italian paragone, a comparison, test, literally , touchstone ; from paragonare, to test, compare ; from Classical Greek parakonan, to whet ; from para-, para- + akon?, whetstone: for Indo-European base see acid
- Old Poet.
- to put side by side; compare
- to be equal to; match
- Obs. to surpass
- A model of excellence or perfection of a kind; a peerless example: a paragon of virtue.
- a. An unflawed diamond weighing at least 100 carats.b. A very large spherical pearl.
- Printing A type size of 20 points.
transitive verbpar·a·goned, par·a·gon·ing, par·a·gons
- To compare; parallel.
- To equal; match.
Origin of paragonObsolete French, from Old French, from Old Italian paragone, from paragonare, to test on a touchstone, perhaps from Greek parakonan, to sharpen : para-, alongside; see para–1 + akon&emacron;, whetstone; see ak- in Indo-European roots.
- A person of preeminent qualities, who acts as a pattern or model of some given (especially positive) quality. [from 16th c.]
- In the novel, Constanza is a paragon of virtue who would never compromise her reputation.
- (typography) A size of type between great primer and double pica. [from 18th c.]
- A flawless diamond of at least 100 carats.
(third-person singular simple present paragons, present participle paragoning, simple past and past participle paragoned)