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Definition an ideal instance; or model of excellence

Much more rarely, paragon can refer to a perfect diamond that is at least 100 carats. Even more rarely, it can refer to a very large pearl that is perfectly spherical.

As a proper noun, The Paragon refers to a specific paragon diamond. Paragon is also commonly used in the name of companies that want to be associated with excellence.
  • She is viewed as a paragon of integrity.
paragon = model of excellence
  • A tennis commentator said Agassi went from "punk to paragon."
  • paragon = a model of excellence
  • I'm always teasing Margot about being a paragon of virtue these days, and she hates it.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • paragon = perfect example
  • I finally said to him, Tom-good gracious!-why don't you bring this paragon to supper?
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • paragon = person who is a model of excellence
  • Tunis was never graced before with such a paragon to their queen.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • paragon = an ideal instance
  • Not to that paragon of virtue!
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • paragon = perfect example
  • "Paragon schnitzophonic," repeats Uncle Al.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • FLUTE You must say paragon: a paramour is, God bless us, a thing of naught.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • "And yours was a paragon—is that what you mean?" asked her friend with a laugh.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • Ah! the late Mrs. Muir was a paragon in that way also.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • There was the shopping bag from Paragon Sporting Goods—tag of the pup tent dangling, King Kanopy, $43.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • If Harry Gordon was such a paragon of looks and enterprise, why had he selected her?
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • The paragon of all, believe me, Thou soon shalt see, alive and warm.
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • The finest pearls are called virgin pearls, or paragons; they form in isolation within the mollusk's tissue.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • All it takes to eat well at Cafe Paragon on Thayer Street, where the eavesdropping is superb, is $10.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Which makes you such a moral paragon.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • To him, more than any one else, as she now saw, she shone as a star, a paragon of luxury and social supremacy.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • The moon is rising, and I see your paragon approaching.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • What do you think of your paragon now?
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • The paragon of the community, the banker's banker.'
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy

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