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paragon

Noun

1 an ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept [syn: idol, perfection, beau ideal]
2 model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal [syn: ideal, nonpareil, saint, apotheosis, nonesuch, nonsuch]

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English

Etymology

From paragone (literally “touchstone”) < Greek parakonan < Greek para- + akōne

Noun

  1. a companion; a match; an equal
  2. emulation; rivalry; competition
  3. a model or pattern; a pattern of excellence or perfection; as, a paragon of beauty or eloquence
    In the novel, Constanza is a paragon of virtue who would never compromise her reputation.
  4. a size of type between great primer and double pica.

Translations

a companion
emulation; rivalry; competition
a model or pattern
a size of type between great primer and double pica

Verb

  1. to compare; to parallel; to put in rivalry or emulation with
  2. to compare with; to equal; to rival
  3. to serve as a model for; to surpass
  4. to be equal; to hold comparison

Translations

to compare
to compare with
to serve as a model for
to be equal

Extensive Definition

Paragon is a word that means ideal: model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal; a perfect embodiment of a concept.
It may refer to:

Places

Companies

Media and Entertainment

Computing

Other uses

  • Paragon CRT, a method of corneal refraction developed by Paragon Vision Sciences
  • A classification of diamond based on the carat (mass)
  • A paragon is a qqtaarl coloured shape where each side is a cross.
paragon in German: Paragon
paragon in Dutch: Paragon

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

A per se, Miss America, ace, acme, apotheosis, archetype, assimilate, bathing beauty, beau ideal, beaut, beauty, beauty contest winner, beauty queen, belle, best type, boss, bunny, champ, champion, charmer, chief, choice, chosen, classic, commander, compare, cover girl, crackerjack, cream, criterion, cynosure, dazzler, dean, dream, ego ideal, elect, elite, enchantress, epitome, exemplar, fat, flower, fugleman, gem, genius, good example, great beauty, head, hero, higher-up, ideal, jewel, knockout, lady fair, last word, laureate, leader, liken, looker, love, lovely, man of men, master, masterpiece, masterwork, match, mirror, model, nonesuch, nonpareil, optimum, parallel, pattern, pattern of perfection, peach, phoenix, pick, pinup, pinup girl, prime, principal, prize, prodigy, prototype, pussycat, queen, quintessence, raving beauty, reigning beauty, ruler, select, senior, sex kitten, shining example, slick chick, standard, star, stunner, superior, superlative, superman, superstar, the best, the best ever, the greatest, the most, the tops, the very best, top dog, tops, trump, ultimate, very model, virtuoso
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