Definition of paragon noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpærəɡən//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpærəɡɑːn//
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a person who is perfect or who is a perfect example of a particular good quality I make no claim to be a paragon. He wasn't the paragon of virtue she had expected. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from obsolete French, from Italian paragone ‘touchstone to try good (gold) from bad’, from medieval Greek parakonē ‘whetstone’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: paragon