Definition of nonpareil in English:

nonpareil

adjective

  • Having no match or equal; unrivalled.

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

  • 1An unrivalled or matchless person or thing.

    ‘a great player, Britain's nonpareil of the 1980s’
    • ‘Of course you would say that Tara, you're a nonpareil in school!’
    • ‘For some reason, he failed to mention the nonpareil: Nelson Algren.’
    • ‘Cisco, the nonpareil of networking equipment makers and at one time the sine qua non of tech stocks is feeling the pinch.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The current nonpareil of the genre is the mammoth bestseller He's Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys.’
    best, finest, paragon, crème de la crème, peak of perfection, elite, jewel, jewel in the crown, gem
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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/