ne plus ultra

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ne plus ultra the state of being without a flaw or defect
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ne plus ultra A prohibition against proceeding further; an insuperable obstacle or limiting condition.
    • Ne plus ultra The uttermost point to which one can go or attain; hence, the summit of achievement; the highest point or degree; the acme.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., no further; ne, no, not + plus, more + ultra, beyond

Usage

In literature:

These two Italian abbes were ne plus ultras in luxury and effeminacy.
"The Gaming Table: Its Votaries and Victims" by Andrew Steinmetz
It certainly was the ne plus ultra of an apple.
"Back Home" by Eugene Wood
It is the ne plus ultra of human art.
"Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay" by George Otto Trevelyan
They were ne plus ultra!
"The Path of a Star" by Mrs. Everard Cotes (AKA Sara Jeannette Duncan)
Your dress will be the ne plus ultra.
"Japhet, In Search Of A Father" by Frederick Marryat
REASON'S NE PLUS ULTRA.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
MITCHELL'S NE PLUS ULTRA.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
NE PLUS ULTRA (L.), nothing further: the uttermost point or extreme perfection of anything.
"Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)" by Various
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In news:

For three decades, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. Has dominated the market for that ne plus ultra of corporate high life: the large business jet.
L ight as air and rich as Rockefeller, the dessert soufflé is the ne plus ultra of culinary sophistication.
Chef-owner Colby Garrelts' lounge menu at the sexy, hip Bluestem is the ne plus ultra of bar food.
New York designer David Stark is the ne plus ultra of event planners: his creative empire employs a merry workshop of 30 craftsmen, set designers, and florists who can build out Stark 's visionary themes to the tiniest specification.
Thirty years ago, Miss Wyoming Joyce McKinney made her mark as a tabloid staple ne plus ultra.
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