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paragon |ˈparəˌgän, -gən|
a person or thing regarded as a perfect example of a particular quality: it would have taken a paragon of virtue not to feel viciously jealous.
• a person or thing viewed as a model of excellence: your cook is a paragon.
• a perfect diamond of 100 carats or more.
ORIGIN mid 16th cent.: from obsolete French, from Italian paragone ‘touchstone used to discriminate good (gold) from bad,’ from medieval Greek parakonē ‘whetstone.’
Source: New Oxford American Dictionary