Definition of nonpareil in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌnänpəˈrel/


Having no match or equal; unrivaled: he is a nonpareil storyteller [postpositive]: a film critic nonpareil
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  • Watching him translate for his father, Kyle seems unfazed about his nonpareil ability, remaining nonchalant to the film crew buzzing round him.
  • Throughout, Sclavis manages to combine an impressive variety of styles, genres and influences, creating a nonpareil experience for the listener.
  • The nonpareil recording, a flirty and spontaneous duet between Elis Regina and Jobim himself, makes more sense to me in Portugese.
incomparable, matchless, unrivaled, unparalleled, unequaled, peerless, beyond compare, second to none, unsurpassed, unbeatable, inimitable;
unique, consummate, superlative, supreme
formal unexampled


1An unrivaled or matchless person or thing.
Example sentences
  • For some reason, he failed to mention the nonpareil: Nelson Algren.
  • Cisco, the nonpareil of networking equipment makers and at one time the sine qua non of tech stocks is feeling the pinch.
  • The current nonpareil of the genre is the mammoth bestseller He's Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys.
best, finest, crème de la crème, peak of perfection, elite, jewel in the crown, ne plus ultra, paragon
archaic nonesuch
2US A flat round candy made of chocolate covered with white sugar sprinkles.
Example sentences
  • Now shipping, Concession Obsession replicates filmgoers' favorite munchies: indulgent vanilla bean ice cream studded with nonpareils, chocolate-laden peanuts, crispy candy bars and caramel swirls.
3 Printing An old type size equal to six points (larger than ruby or agate, smaller than emerald or minion).


Late Middle English: from French, from non- 'not' + pareil 'equal' (from popular Latin pariculus, diminutive of Latin par 'equal').

Words that rhyme with nonpareil

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Syllabification: non·pa·reil

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