• (obsolete) Comparison; competition. [16th–17th c.]
  • (obsolete) A companion; a match; an equal. [16th–19th c.]
  • A flawless diamond of at least 100 carats.
  • A person of preeminent qualities, who acts as a pattern or model of some given (especially positive) quality. [from 16th c.]

    "In the novel, Constanza is a paragon of virtue who would never compromise her reputation."

  • (typography, printing, dated) The size of type between great primer and double pica, standardized as 20-point. [from 18th c.]


  • To compare with; to equal; to rival.
  • To compare; to parallel; to put in rivalry or emulation with.
  • To be equal; to hold comparison.
  • To serve as a model for; to surpass.

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