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[n] an ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept
[n] model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal

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\Par"a*gon\, n. [OF. paragon, F. parangon; cf. It. paragone, Sp. paragon, parangon; prob. fr. Gr. ? to rub against; ? beside + ? whetstone; cf. LGr. ? a polishing stone.]
1. A companion; a match; an equal. [Obs.] --Spenser. Philoclea, who indeed had no paragon but her sister. --Sir P. Sidney.
2. Emulation; rivalry; competition. [Obs.] Full many feats adventurous Performed, in paragon of proudest men. --Spenser.
3. A model or pattern; a pattern of excellence or perfection; as, a paragon of beauty or eloquence. --Udall. Man, . . . the paragon of animals ! --Shak. The riches of sweet Mary's son, Boy-rabbi, Israel's paragon. --Emerson.
4. (Print.) A size of type between great primer and double pica. See the Note under {Type}.
\Par"a*gon\, v. t. [Cf. OF. paragonner, F. parangonner.]
1. To compare; to parallel; to put in rivalry or emulation with. [Obs.] --Sir P. Sidney.
2. To compare with; to equal; to rival. [R.] --Spenser. In arms anon to paragon the morn, The morn new rising. --Glover.
3. To serve as a model for; to surpass. [Obs.] He hath achieved a maid That paragons description and wild fame. --Shak.
\Par"a*gon\, v. i. To be equal; to hold comparison. [R.] Few or none could . . . paragon with her. --Shelton.

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