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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 nonsuch

Historical Examples

  • By ten o'clock the Nonsuch had weighed anchor and her voyage had begun.

    The Great Company

    Beckles Willson

  • The Nonsuch arrived safely in the Thames in the month of August.

    The Great Company

    Beckles Willson

  • The players bid for the stock, as is done in Nonsuch Euchre.

    Prophetical, Educational and Playing Cards

    Mrs. John King Van Rensselaer

  • Smith named it "Nonsuch" after a royal residence of that name in England.

    The Birth of the Nation

    Mrs. Roger A. Pryor

  • The Nonsuch lost twenty-three killed and wounded in this engagement.


British Dictionary definitions for nonsuch

nonsuch

noun
  1. a variant spelling of nonesuch

nonesuch

nonsuch

noun
  1. archaic a matchless person or thing; nonpareil
  2. another name for black medick
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Word Origin and History for nonsuch

n.

1580s, nonesuch "unmatched or unrivaled thing," from none + such. As a type of decorated 16c. or 17c. chest, it is in reference to Nonesuch Palace, in Surrey, which supposedly is represented in the designs.

nonesuch

see nonsuch.

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