par·a·gon (părə-gŏn′, -gən)
1. A model of excellence or perfection of a kind; a peerless example: a paragon of virtue.
a. An unflawed diamond weighing at least 100 carats.
b. A very large spherical pearl.
3. Printing A type size of 20 points.
tr.v. par·a·goned, par·a·gon·ing, par·a·gons
1. To compare; parallel.
2. To equal; match.
[Obsolete French, from Old French, from Old Italian paragone, from paragonare, to test on a touchstone, perhaps from Greek parakonān, to sharpen : para-, alongside; see PARA-1 + akonē, whetstone; see ak- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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