Word of the day

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paragon (noun) – 1. A model of excellence or perfection of a kind; a peerless example.
2. (a) An unflawed diamond weighing at least 100 carats.
(b) A very large spherical pearl.
3. (Printing) A type size of 20 points.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : The English noun paragon comes from Middle French, from Old Italian paragone “touch stone,” a derivative of the verb paragonare “to test on a touchstone or whetstone.” The Italian words perhaps derive from Greek parakonân “to sharpen, whet,” formed from the prefix and preposition para-“beside, alongside” and akonân “to sharpen, whet,” a derivative of akónē “whetstone, bone.” Paragon entered English in the mid-16th century.


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