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nonpareil

[non-puh-rel] /ˌnɒn pəˈrɛl/
adjective
1.
having no equal; peerless.
noun
2.
a person or thing having no equal.
3.
a small pellet of colored sugar for decorating candy, cake, and cookies.
4.
a flat, round, bite-sized piece of chocolate covered with this sugar.
6.
Printing.
  1. a 6-point type.
  2. a slug occupying 6 points of space between lines.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English nonparaille < Middle French nonpareil, equivalent to non- non- + pareil equal < Vulgar Latin *pariculum (Latin pari- (stem of pār) equal + -culum -cule1)
Synonyms
1. unparalleled. 2. nonesuch.
Antonyms
1. ordinary.
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British Dictionary definitions for nonpareils

nonpareil

/ˈnɒnpərəl; ˌnɒnpəˈreɪl/
noun
1.
a person or thing that is unsurpassed or unmatched; peerless example
2.
(formerly) a size of printers' type equal to 6 point
3.
(US) a small bead of coloured sugar used to decorate cakes, biscuits, etc
4.
(mainly US) a flat round piece of chocolate covered with this sugar
adjective
5.
having no match or equal; peerless
Word Origin
C15: from French, from non- + pareil same
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Word Origin and History for nonpareils

nonpareil

adj.

late 15c., "having no equal," from Middle French nonpareil "unequalled, peerless," from non- "not" (see non-) + pareil "equal." The noun meaning "an unequaled person or thing" is from 1590s; first applied to a kind of candy 1690s. As the name of a printing type (6 point size) it is attested from 1640s.

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