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Saturday, May 12, 2007

Definitions for nonpareil

  1. Having no equal; peerless.
  2. Something of unequaled excellence; a peerless thing or person.
  3. A flat disk of chocolate covered with beads of colored sugar.

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Citations for nonpareil
It's not often that Mike Emrick, the nonpareil hockey voice, errs. His play by play is peerless. Richard Sandomir, New York Times
Some birds make and use tools and show evidence of culture, and many are vocalists nonpareil. Bernd Heinrich, New York Times
Origin of nonpareil
late Middle English
1400-1450
Nonpareil comes from Old French, from non, "not" + pareil, "equal," from (assumed) Vulgar Latin pariculus, diminutive of Latin par, "equal."