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 for nonesuch Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for nonesuch

model, ideal, paradigm, paragon, nonpareil

Examples from the Web for nonesuch

Historical Examples of nonesuch

  • 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.


    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

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

British Dictionary definitions for nonesuch




archaic a matchless person or thing; nonpareil
another name for black medick
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Word Origin and History for nonesuch

see nonsuch.

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