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[peer-lis] /ˈpɪər lɪs/
having no equal; matchless; unrivaled.
Origin of peerless
1275-1325; Middle English pereles. See peer1, -less
Related forms
peerlessly, adverb
peerlessness, noun
unmatched, unequaled; unique, unsurpassed. Unabridged
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  • peerless, he was irresponsible—the captain of his soul, the despot of his future.

    Zuleika Dobson Max Beerbohm
  • The peerless Mabel, of course, was the only one not in the secret.

  • It is something heretofore unknown and unsuspected in scenery—a miracle of erosion, a peerless fantasy of color.

  • He determined at least once again to behold the peerless maiden.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • For an instant her fame as a peerless and all-conquering Wonder Woman threatened to go into partial eclipse.

    Superwomen Albert Payson Terhune
  • No henchman he worthied by weapons, if witness his features, his peerless presence!

    Beowulf Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for peerless


having no equals; matchless
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Word Origin and History for peerless

c.1300, from peer (n.) + -less.

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