American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A model of excellence or perfection of a kind; a peerless example: a paragon of virtue.
- n. An unflawed diamond weighing at least 100 carats.
- n. A very large spherical pearl.
- n. Printing A type size of 20 points.
- v. To compare; parallel.
- v. To equal; match.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A model or pattern; especially, a model or pattern of special excellence or perfection.
- n. A companion; fellow; mate.
- n. A rival.
- n. Rivalry; emulation; hence, comparison; a test of excellence or superiority.
- n. A stuff, embroidered or plain, used for dress and upholstery in the seventeenth century.
- n. A diamond weighing more than 100 carats.
- n. A size of printing-type, about lines to the inch, the intermediate of the larger size double small-pica and the smaller size great-primer, equal to 20 points, and so distinguished in the new system of sizes.
- To compare; parallel; mention in comparison or competition.
- To admit comparison with; rival; equal.
- To go beyond; excel; surpass.
- To compare; pretend to comparison or equality.
- n. A flawless diamond of at least 100 carats.
- v. To compare; to parallel; to put in rivalry or emulation with.
- v. To compare with; to equal; to rival.
- v. To serve as a model for; to surpass.
- v. To be equal; to hold comparison.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A companion; a match; an equal.
- n. obsolete Emulation; rivalry; competition.
- n. A model or pattern a pattern of excellence or perfection.
- n. (Print.) A size of type between great primer and double pica. See the Note under Type.
- v. obsolete To compare; to parallel; to put in rivalry or emulation with.
- v. rare To compare with; to equal; to rival.
- v. obsolete To serve as a model for; to surpass.
- v. rare To be equal; to hold comparison.
- n. model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal
- n. an ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept
- From Anglo-Norman paragone, peragone, Middle French paragon, from Italian paragone ("comparison"), from paragonare, from Ancient Greek παρακονάω (parakonaō, "I sharpen, whet"), from παρά (para) + ἀκόνη (akonē, "whetstone"). (Wiktionary)
- 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 Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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