Simple Definition of paragon
: a person or thing that is perfect or excellent in some way and should be considered a model or example to be copied
Full Definition of paragon
: a model of excellence or perfection
Examples of paragon in a sentence
<in Arthurian legend, Sir Galahad is depicted as the one knight who is a paragon of virtue>
Did You Know?
Paragon derives from the Old Italian word paragone, which literally means "touchstone." A touchstone is a black stone that was formerly used to judge the purity of gold or silver. The metal was rubbed on the stone and the color of the streak it left indicated its quality. In modern English, both touchstone and paragon have come to signify a standard against which something should be judged. Ultimately, paragon comes from the Greek parakonan, meaning "to sharpen," from the prefix para- ("alongside of") and akonē, meaning "whetstone."
Origin and Etymology of paragon
Middle French, from Old Italian paragone, literally, touchstone, from paragonare to test on a touchstone, from Greek parakonan to sharpen, from para- + akonē whetstone, from akē point; akin to Greek akmē point — more at edge
First Known Use: circa 1548
First Known Use of paragon
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