PARAGON , a
See also:term for that which is a
See also:model of excellence or
See also:pattern of perfection, hence some
See also:person or thing which has no equal . The word was adopted from the O . Fr. paragon, Mod. paraggon, Ital. paragon and Span. paragon . The
See also:Spanish has usually been taken as the source, and the word explained as from the prepositional phrase Para
See also:con, in comparison with . But the word first appears in
See also:Italian, meaning a " touchstone.” The Italian word may be connected with the Gr. lraparov&v, to sharpen by the use of a
See also:whetstone (
See also:alto' ) . The term has been used in several technical applications, e.g. in printing, of a large
See also:style of type between "
See also:great primer " and "
See also:pica," now usually called " two-
See also:line long primer "; of a
See also:diamond weighing more than
See also:loo carats; and formerly of a fabric used for hangings in the 17th and 18th centuries .
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