plural parerga
: something subordinate or accessory
especially : an ornamental accessory or embellishment
: a subordinate activity or work : work undertaken in addition to one's main employment
a parergon, pondered and written during … moments of leisureJ. D. Wilson

Word History


Latin, from Greek, from par- para- entry 1 + ergon work

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“Parergon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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