: nonpareil \nahn-puh-REL\ adjective

: having no equal

2451 The Clifden Nonpareil in Norfolk 1976 - E.A. Ellis. Ent. Rec. 88. 1976.


“The show was
held in the original Madison Square Garden, and it was a society event nonpareil.” — From an article by Marshall Schuon in the New York Times, April 3, 1994

“Few of them differ much from New York’s typical Italian-American restaurants, but those that stand out are among the best anywhere, including fifth-generation Mario’s, which since 1919 has been crafting nonpareil pizzas along with true Neapolitan food
— From a post by John Mariani on Esquire.com’s Eat Like a Man blog, May 1, 2013

Did you know?

Trace “nonpareil” back to its Middle French origins and you’ll find that it comes from a term meaning “not equal.” “Pareil” itself comes from a Vulgar Latin form of “par,” which means “equal.” “Nonpareil” has served as an English adjective since the 15th century, and since the late 16th century it has also functioned as a noun describing an individual of unequaled excellence. In 1612, Captain John Smith used the term in that noun sense (but with a now-archaic spelling): “Pocahontas, Powhatan’s daughter … was the very Nomparell of his kingdome, and at most not past 13 or 14 years of age.” And as you may know, “nonpareil” is also the name of a chocolate candy covered with white sugar pellets.


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