Definition of nonpareil in English:


Line breaks: non|par¦eil
Pronunciation: /ˌnɒnpəˈreɪl



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  • 1An unrivalled or matchless person or thing: a great player, Britain’s nonpareil of the 1980s
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    • 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, paragon, crème de la crème, peak of perfection, elite, jewel, jewel in the crown, gem; Latin ne plus ultra
    informal the best/finest this side of …
    archaic nonesuch
  • 2US A flat round confection made of chocolate covered with white sugar sprinkles.
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    • 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 [mass noun] Printing An old type size equal to six points (larger than ruby).


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

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