• WordNet 3.6
    • adj nonpareil eminent beyond or above comparison "matchless beauty","the team's nonpareil center fielder","she's one girl in a million","the one and only Muhammad Ali","a peerless scholar","infamy unmatched in the Western world","wrote with unmatchable clarity","unrivaled mastery of her art"
    • n nonpareil a flat disk of chocolate covered with beads of colored sugar
    • n nonpareil colored beads of sugar used as a topping on e.g. candies and cookies
    • n nonpareil model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Nonpareil (Zoöl) A beautifully colored finch (Passerina ciris), native of the Southern United States. The male has the head and neck deep blue, rump and under parts bright red, back and wings golden green, and the tail bluish purple. Called also painted bunting and painted finch.
    • Nonpareil (Print) A size of type next smaller than minion and next larger than agateor ruby).
    • Nonpareil (Cookery) A small sphere, less than 1 mm diamter, of colored sugar, used to decorate confections; -- usually used in the plural as though the name of a substance; as, sprinkled with nonpareils .
    • Nonpareil A type of candy chocolate consisting of a small flat disk of chocolate, less than one inch diameter, having nonpareils{4} sprinkled on the top; as, she ate a box of nonpareils at the movie.
    • Nonpareil (Zoöl) Any other similar bird of the same genus.
    • a Nonpareil Having no equal; peerless.
    • Nonpareil Something of unequaled excellence; a peerless thing or person; a nonesuch; -- often used as a name.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • nonpareil Having no equal; peerless.
    • n nonpareil A person or thing of peerless excellence; a nonesuch; something regarded as unique in its kind.
    • n nonpareil Specifically— In ornithology:
    • n nonpareil The pointed finch or painted bunting, Passerina or Cyanospiza ciris: so called from its beauty. The top and sides of the head and neck are rich-blue, the back golden-green, the rump and under parts vermilion-red. The female is greenish above, yellowish below. The bird is about 5½ inches long, and common in the South Atlantic and Gulf States, especially Louisiana, where it is sometimes called pape or pope. It is a near relative of the indigo-bird and the lazuli-finch. Also called incomparable.
    • n nonpareil The rose- or rosella-parrakeet, Platycercus eximius: so called from its beauty. See cut under rosella.
    • n nonpareil In conchology, a gastropod of the genus Clausilia.
    • n nonpareil In printing, a size of type, forming about 12 lines to the inch. In the American system of sizes it is intermediate between minion (larger) and agate (smaller); in the English system it is between the sizes emerald (larger) and ruby (smaller). (The type of this paragraph is nonpareil.)
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Nonpareil non-pa-rel′ a person or thing without equal or unique: a fine apple: a printing-type forming about twelve lines to the inch, between emerald (larger) and ruby (smaller)
    • adj Nonpareil without an equal: matchless
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., from non, not + pareil, equal, fr. LL. pariculus, dim. of L. par, equal. See Non, and Pair Peer


In literature:

Yet to read them now, in the fine nonpareil type in which they were set, is such a wearying task that one can only marvel at their popularity.
"Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete" by Albert Bigelow Paine
It is true she was the very nonpareil of his kingdom, and at most not past thirteen or fourteen years of age.
"Captain John Smith" by Charles Dudley Warner
Two nonpareil columns had to be filled, and I was getting along.
"Roughing It" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
This ballot is 7 feet long and 14 inches wide, and it is crowded with reading matter set in nonpareil type.
"Elements of Debating" by Leverett S. Lyon
For remarks on the synonym "Nonpareil," see that name.
"The Cauliflower" by A. A. Crozier
Grate nutmeg over it, add pounded cinnamon, and nonpareil comfits.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
The "Ross Nonpareil," a well-known and valuable fruit, was, like the Ribston Pippin, singular to say, raised from Normandy seed.
"Notes and Queries, Number 232, April 8, 1854" by Various
His name is Philip Romeyn, and your woodland nonpareil is his daughter.
"A Daughter of the Forest" by Evelyn Raymond
Ohio Nonpareil, poor bearer, falls before ripe.
"The Apple" by Various
O, he's the nonpareil.
"A Select Collection of Old English Plays" by Robert Dodsley

In poetry:

In Nonpareil I'll put your Face;
In Rubric shall your Blushes rise;
There is no Bourgeois in your Case;
Your Form can never need "Revise."
"The Passionate Printer To His Love" by Henry Austin Dobson
Could praise the girl, and stroke the boy,
Which always gives the parent joy;
For ev'ry mother fancies well
Her child's a perfect nonpareil;
Therefore exerted all his power
In commendations by the hour.
"The Sermon" by William Hutton
My heart’s a star that’s newly here
It swims in the divine nonpareil
Drift, strange heart, and do not fear.
O voyage towards the Sun—away!
A sound that’s new and sweet and deep
Is the thread that haunts your sleep
"Scopolamine (English translation)" by Catherine Pozzi

In news:

"Masscult and Midcult" gives us only one phase of Dwight Mac­donald's storied career as a political gadfly, provocative journalist, nonpareil editor, and embattled critic.
Conventional wisdom among Count Basie experts is that Basie's 1937–1941 outfit was nonpareil.
Buddhas, truffles, nonpareils and cakes and sundry delights.
He also said the Senate was absorbed in approving two Supreme Court nominees , and he said Obama and his nominees have been slow in dealing with the committee, according to the Daily Nonpareil.
SPAS AND SPORTS;Versailles: Pampering Nonpareil.
"Nonpareil of Favor" channels the vibe of the album.
Place orange round candy sprinkles (nonpareils) in a small bowl.