Definition of nonpareil in English:

nonpareil

adjective

  • Having no match or equal; unrivalled:

    ‘he is a nonpareil storyteller’
    [postpositive] ‘a film critic nonpareil’
    • ‘Even Bryan Singer cites Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon as the inspiration for his nonpareil take on the thriller in The Usual Suspects.’
    • ‘Two years ago, Rothbart took this lifelong hobby and turned it into a nonpareil magazine.’
    • ‘For warmth and comfort nonpareil, try on these.’
    • ‘Watching him translate for his father, Kyle seems unfazed about his nonpareil ability, remaining nonchalant to the film crew buzzing round him.’
    • ‘The name Pat Cash still conjures images of a fighter nonpareil and of an untiring athlete overreaching physical limits to reach his target.’
    • ‘But the one instrument on which he was nonpareil was the harmonica, which he mastered himself.’
    • ‘Throughout, Sclavis manages to combine an impressive variety of styles, genres and influences, creating a nonpareil experience for the listener.’
    • ‘Of course, Jordan's past marketing successes in many ways, went hand-in-hand with his status as an athlete nonpareil.’
    • ‘Tristan and Isolde could not understand how their moment of nonpareil bliss might sustain a lifetime's happiness in the everyday world.’
    • ‘The key to its success was Mohanlal, an actor nonpareil, in the central role of a low-caste artist who transcends his origins, only to be felled by the love of a princess.’
    • ‘The nonpareil recording, a flirty and spontaneous duet between Elis Regina and Jobim himself, makes more sense to me in Portugese.’
    incomparable, matchless, unrivalled, unparalleled, unequalled, without equal, peerless, unmatched, beyond comparison, beyond compare, second to none, unsurpassed, unsurpassable, unbeatable, inimitable
    unique, consummate, perfect, rare, exquisite, transcendent, surpassing, superlative, supreme
    unexampled
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noun

  • 1An unrivalled or matchless person or thing:

    ‘a great player, Britain's nonpareil of the 1980s’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Of course you would say that Tara, you're a nonpareil in school!’
    • ‘For some reason, he failed to mention the nonpareil: Nelson Algren.’
    • ‘Having just won the US Open, Tom Watson was the nonpareil of golf when he came to Scotland to a course that was staging its first Open as a Royal club.’
    best, finest, paragon, crème de la crème, peak of perfection, elite, jewel, jewel in the crown, gem
    ne plus ultra
    the best this side of ..., the finest this side of ...
    nonesuch
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  • 2US A flat round confection made of chocolate covered with white sugar sprinkles.

    • ‘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.’
  • 3Printing
    [mass noun] 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).

Pronunciation

nonpareil

/ˌnɒnpəˈreɪl/