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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Definitions for nonpareil

  1. a person or thing having no equal.
  2. a small pellet of colored sugar for decorating candy, cake, and cookies.
  3. a flat, round, bite-sized piece of chocolate covered with this sugar.

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Citations for nonpareil
The dandelion in full flower, a little sun bristling with sun-rays on the green earth, is a nonpareil, a non-such. Foolish, foolish, foolish to compare it to anything else on earth. D. H. Lawrence, "Reflections on the Death of a Porcupine," Reflections on the Death of a Porcupine and Other Essays, 1925
"He was as rascally a man as ever I met in my life," Grandfather said, "and as great a genius in his own line. A virtuoso, a master, a nonpareil. Never shall I set eyes on his like again." Samuel Hopkins Adams, "The Saga of Four-Skate Pilkington," Grandfather Stories, 1955
Origin of nonpareil
late Middle English
1400-1450
Nonpareil is from the Middle French word of the same spelling, with pareil meaning "equal." It appeared in Late Middle English as nonparaille.