having no equal; peerless; unequaled; incomparable: matchless courage.

Origin of matchless

First recorded in 1520–30; match2 + -less
Related formsmatch·less·ly, adverbmatch·less·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for matchless

Contemporary Examples of matchless

Historical Examples of matchless

  • The horrid thing reserves for us most 147 cruel and matchless rigours.

    Ebrietatis Encomium

    Boniface Oinophilus

  • We have soldiers, few perhaps, but matchless throughout the world.

    The Traitors

    E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim

  • He lays claim to nothing that his matchless vision has not made his own.

  • What weather these Napoleons had, from Austerlitz down to the matchless autumn of 1870!


    Henry Seton Merriman

  • Matchless is our opportunity—matchless also is our responsibility!

British Dictionary definitions for matchless



unequalled; incomparable; peerless
Derived Formsmatchlessly, adverbmatchlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for matchless

"peerless," 1520s, from match (n.2) + -less. Related: Matchlessly; matchlessness.

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