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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
Nonpareil is from the Middle French word of the same spelling, with pareil meaning "equal." It appeared in Late Middle English as nonparaille.