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nonesuch

[nuhn-suhch]
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noun
  1. a person or thing without equal; paragon.
Also non·such [non-suhch, nuhn-] /ˈnɒnˌsʌtʃ, ˈnʌn-/.

Origin of nonesuch

First recorded in 1550–60; none1 + such

Synonyms

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ideal, model, pattern, nonpareil.
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Examples from the Web for nonesuch

Historical Examples

  • Theobald's is gone altogether, Nonesuch is wholly cleared away.

    South London

    Sir Walter Besant

  • Nonesuch, however, has nothing to do with Kennington, and must not detain us.

    South London

    Sir Walter Besant

  • He shifted his flag to the Nonesuch, schooner, and sent the frigate to Trinidad.

    Twelve Naval Captains

    Molly Elliot Seawell

  • A Stuart face of nonesuch Charles, lank locks falling at its sides.

    Ulysses

    James Joyce

  • He couldn't hear tell of the Black Joke or the Nonesuch but the blood rushed into his head.

    Merry-Garden and Other Stories</p>

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch


British Dictionary definitions for nonesuch

nonesuch

nonsuch

noun
  1. archaic a matchless person or thing; nonpareil
  2. another name for black medick
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for nonesuch

see nonsuch.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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