- 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