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PAR'AGON, noun [Latin par, equal.]

1. A model or pattern; a model by way of distinction, implying superior excellence or perfection; as a paragon of beauty or eloquence.

2. A companion; a fellow.

3. Emulation; a match for trial.

PAR'AGON, verb transitive

1. To compare; to parallel.

The picture of Pamela, in little form, he wore in a tablet, purposing to paragon the little one with Artesia's length. [Little Used.]

2. To equal. [Little Used.]

PAR'AGON, verb intransitive To pretend comparison or equality. [Little Used.]