Nonpareil Non`pa*reil", n. [See {Nonpareil}, a. ] 1. Something of unequaled excellence; a peerless thing or person; a nonesuch; -- often used as a name. [1913 Webster]

2. [F. nonpareille.] (Print.) A size of type next smaller than minion and next larger than agate (or ruby). [1913 Webster]

Note: This line is printed in the type called nonpareil. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A beautifully colored finch ({Passerina ciris}), native of the Southern United States. The male has the head and neck deep blue, rump and under parts bright red, back and wings golden green, and the tail bluish purple. Called also {painted bunting} and {painted finch}. (b) Any other similar bird of the same genus. [1913 Webster +PJC]

4. (Cookery) A small sphere, less than 1 mm diamter, of colored sugar, used to decorate confections; -- usually used in the plural as though the name of a substance; as, sprinkled with nonpareils. [PJC]

5. pl. A type of candy chocolate consisting of a small flat disk of chocolate, less than one inch diameter, having nonpareils[4] sprinkled on the top; as, she ate a box of nonpareils at the movie. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • nonpareil — nonpareil, eille [ nɔ̃parɛj ] adj. et n. • 1350; var. anc. nompareil; de non et pareil I ♦ Adj. Vx Qui n a pas son pareil, qui est sans égal en son genre. ⇒ 1. beau, inégalable (cf. Sans pareil). II ♦ N. 1 ♦ N. f. Vx Ruban très étroit …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Nonpareil — Nonpareil(s) from the French meaning without equal , it may also refer to: Nonpareil, Guyana, a village in Guyana Nonpareil, Oregon, a former community in the United States Nonpareils, a confectionery of small sweet spheres used to decorate cakes …   Wikipedia

  • nonpareil — nonpareil, eille (non pa rèll, rè ll , ll mouillées) adj. 1°   Qui est sans pareil. •   Pour la nonpareille Bouvignon, elle était la plus grande diseuse de riens qui ait jamais été, SCARR. Rom. com. II, 10. •   Colette entra dans des peurs… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • nonpareil — NONPARÉIL s.n. Corp de literă având mărimea de şase puncte tipografice, folosit de obicei pentru tipărirea tabelelor, adnotaţiilor etc. [pr.: nonparei. – var.: nonparél s.n. ] – Din fr. nonpareille. Trimis de ana zecheru, 08.06.2004. Sursa: DEX… …   Dicționar Român

  • nonpareil — (adj.) late 15c., having no equal, from M.Fr. nonpareil unequalled, peerless, from non not (see NON (Cf. 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… …   Etymology dictionary

  • nonpareil — Nonpareil, [nonpar]eille. adj. Qui excelle par dessus les autres, qui est sans pareil, sans esgal. Sa grace nompareille. une vertu nompareille. un merite nonpareil …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Nonpareil — Non pa*reil , a. [F., from non not + pareil equal, fr. LL. pariculus, dim. of L. par equal. See {Non}, and {Pair}, {Peer}.] Having no equal; peerless. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Nonpareil — (fr., spr. Nongparelj), 1) sehr schmale Bänder, Borten u. Treffen; 2) Beiname mancher Blumen, bes. hellvioletter Nelken; 3) eine Schriftgattung kleinen Grades, s. Schrift …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Nonpareil — (frz., spr. nongparéj, »unvergleichlich«). Vogel, s. Papstfink. Nonpareille, kleine Schriftgattung von sechs typographischen Punkten. Nonpareils, Bezeichnung großer Brillanten …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • nonpareil — index exemplar, outstanding (prominent), paragon, phenomenon (unusual occurrence), primary, prime (most valuable) …   Law dictionary

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