Nonpareil

Nonpareil

ˌnänpəˈrel

Noun

  • An unrivaled or matchless person or thing.
  • (U.S.) A flat round candy made of chocolate covered with white sugar sprinkles.

Adjective

  • Having no match or equal; unrivaled.

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Example Sentences

“In my opinion, the second movie is the nonpareil of the ‘Iron Man’ series.”

“I always indulge in a box of nonpareils when I go to the movies.”

“She’s a nonpareil performer when she’s singing her own songs.”

Word Origin

French, 15th century

Why this word?

The Latin breakdown of “nonpareil” is pretty simple: “Non” means “not,” and “pareil” means “equal.” The description means that the nonpareil subject is leaps and bounds better; it’s so good that there can be no equal. The word “nonpareil” can be used as an adjective and a noun, and if you’re in the United States, a nonpareil is also a chocolate candy covered in white sprinkles.

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