nonpareil


nonpareil

adjective

  1. having no equal; peerless.

noun

  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.
  4. painted bunting.
  5. Printing.
    1. a 6-point type.
    2. a slug occupying 6 points of space between lines.

noun

  1. a person or thing that is unsurpassed or unmatched; peerless example
  2. (formerly) a size of printers’ type equal to 6 point
  3. US a small bead of coloured sugar used to decorate cakes, biscuits, etc
  4. mainly US a flat round piece of chocolate covered with this sugar

adjective

  1. having no match or equal; peerless

adj.late 15c., “having no equal,” from Middle French nonpareil “unequalled, peerless,” from non- “not” (see non-) + pareil “equal.” The noun meaning “an unequaled person or thing” is from 1590s; first applied to a kind of candy 1690s. As the name of a printing type (6 point size) it is attested from 1640s.

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