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[mach-lis] /ˈmætʃ lɪs/
having no equal; peerless; unequaled; incomparable:
matchless courage.
Origin of matchless
1520-30; match2 + -less
Related forms
matchlessly, adverb
matchlessness, noun Unabridged
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  • The grand old missionary stands out in history as a matchless example of Christian living, a sure guide in Christian doctrine.

  • Bentham found the 'matchless constitution' precisely in this state.

  • Onward too came forth the Kurus, by the matchless Bhishma led, Shouts arose and cry of anguish midst the dying and the dead!

    Maha-bharata Anonymous
  • It was a 192 matchless June day, in a perfect English summer.

    The Mistress of Shenstone Florence L. Barclay
  • The shores were clothed with the wonderful green of Spring, which, to my mind, was excelled only by the matchless verdure of Java.

    Travels in the Far East Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
  • It is a long wild ride, a cruel gallop for my matchless Moro.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • The bright, the matchless one, the spell and fascination of his life!

    Lothair Benjamin Disraeli
British Dictionary definitions for matchless


unequalled; incomparable; peerless
Derived Forms
matchlessly, adverb
matchlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for matchless

"peerless," 1520s, from match (n.2) + -less. Related: Matchlessly; matchlessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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