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paragon

noun par·a·gon \ ˈper-ə-ˌgän , -gən , ˈpa-rə- \
Updated on: 18 Apr 2018

Definition of paragon

: a model of excellence or perfection
  • was a paragon of goodness
  • a paragon of a wife

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Examples of paragon in a Sentence

  1. in Arthurian legend, Sir Galahad is depicted as the one knight who is a paragon of virtue

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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

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paragon

verb

Definition of paragon

1 : to compare with : parallel
2 : to put in rivalry : match
3 obsolete : surpass

Origin and Etymology of paragon



PARAGON Defined for English Language Learners

paragon

Definition of paragon for English Language Learners

  • : a person or thing that is perfect or excellent in some way and should be considered a model or example to be copied



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