Definition of nonpareil in English:

nonpareil

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

Having no match or equal; unrivalled: 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.
Synonyms

noun

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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.
Synonyms
best, finest, paragon, crème de la crème, peak of perfection, elite, jewel, jewel in the crown, gem; Latinne 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).

Origin

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

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