Part of speech: noun
Origin: French, early 16th century
An unrivaled or matchless person or thing.
A flat round candy made of chocolate covered with white sugar sprinkles.
Examples of Nonpareil in a sentence
"In my opinion, 'The Prisoner of Azkaban' is the nonpareil of the Harry Potter series."
"I always indulge in a box of nonpareils when I go to the movies."
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The Latin breakdown of this word is pretty simple. “Non” means not, and “pareil” is equal. But the unequal description means that the nonpareil is leaps and bounds better; it’s so good that there can be no equal.
Did you Know?
We agree that the nonpareil is quite unparalleled when it comes to chocolate treats, and you might love them even more when you find out how easy they are to make. Melt some bittersweet chocolate and mix it with a dab of vegetable shortening. Then spoon coin-sized circles of chocolate onto a baking sheet. Top with sprinkles, then cool until hard. Now you have your very own stash of nonpareils.