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Today's word is:

paragon

|ˈparəˌgän; -gən|

noun

  • 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.'