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.

 

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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.

 

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Par"a*gon, v. i.

To be equal; to hold comparison.

[R.]

Few or none could . . . paragon with her. Shelton.

 

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