Paragon Par"a*gon (p[a^]r"[.a]*g[o^]n), n. [OF. paragon, F. parangon; cf. It. paragone, Sp. paragon, parangon; prob. fr. Gr. ? to rub against; para` beside + ? whetstone; cf. LGr. ? a polishing stone.] 1. A companion; a match; an equal. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

Philoclea, who indeed had no paragon but her sister. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster]

2. Emulation; rivalry; competition. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Full many feats adventurous Performed, in paragon of proudest men. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

3. A model or pattern; especially a pattern of excellence or perfection; as, a paragon of beauty or eloquence. --Udall. [1913 Webster]

Man, . . . the paragon of animals ! --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The riches of sweet Mary's son, Boy-rabbi, Israel's paragon. --Emerson. [1913 Webster]

4. (Print.) A size of type between great primer and double pica. See the Note under {Type}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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