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Daemon
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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nonpareil

(noun) A person or thing that is unsurpassed or unmatched; peerless example.

Synonyms: nonesuch, apotheosis, ideal, paragon, saint

Usage: An 'Only' is a nonpareil, the feller that does one kind of a turn better'n any other feller.
thar
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 2:57:16 AM

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I know this but have never heard it said, so just on the off-chance I checked the pronunciations on the tfd page, and got US nonparell, and UK nonparail.

I am disillusioned - I always assumed it was pronounced in the French style, nonparay (only sounding slightly more French than that with a soft non and a rising '-eil'.).

Now the nonn-parail version sounds very stodgy and crass in comparison! Boo hoo!
tunaafi
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 3:31:18 AM

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My pronunciation is approximately that of the second version here, which is close to the transcriptions in the Longman Pronunciation Dictionary and the Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary.
walirlan
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 5:16:33 AM

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Related to NONPAREIL

Synonyms:

incomparable, inimitable, matchless, only, peerless, unequaled (or unequalled), unexampled, unmatched, unparalleled, unrivaled (or unrivalled), unsurpassable, unsurpassed

Related Words:

alone, singular, unique; exceptional, extraordinary, rare, uncommon, unusual; A-OK, A1, awesome, bang-up, banner, beautiful, blue-chip, boffo, bonny (also bonnie) [chiefly British], boss [slang], brag, brave, bully, bumper, capital, choice, classic, cool [slang], corking, crackerjack, cracking, dandy, divine, dope [slang], down [slang], dynamite, excellent, fab, fabulous, famous, fantabulous [slang], fantastic, fine, first-class, first-rate, first-string, five-star, frontline, gangbusters (also gangbuster), gone [slang], grand, great, groovy, heavenly, high-class, hot, hype [slang], immense, jim-dandy, keen, lovely, marvelous (or marvellous), mean, neat, nifty, noble, number one (also No. 1), numero uno, out-of-sight [slang], par excellence, peachy, peachy keen, phat [slang], prime, primo [slang], prize, prizewinning, quality, radical [slang], righteous [slang], sensational, splendid, stellar, sterling, superb, superior, superlative, supernal, swell, terrific, tip-top, top, top-notch, wizard [chiefly British], wonderful; better, preferred; exceptional, fancy, high-grade, special

Near Antonyms:

common, commonplace, everyday, familiar, frequent, garden, household, normal, ordinary, routine, ubiquitous, usual; inferior, lesser, worse, worst; bad, bastard, bush, bush-league, deficient, depressed, dissatisfactory, ill, inferior, lame, lousy, low, lower, off, paltry, poor, punk, substandard, unacceptable, unsatisfactory, wanting; low-grade, substandard; mediocre, second-class, second-rate; atrocious, awful, execrable, pathetic, rotten, terrible, vile, wretched
Fayme Rose
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 11:54:49 AM
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I believe that a great example of a person that is matchless in my opinion of importance is Lola at Skintology from Ukraine...
She is my laser hair removal specialist...
I will always admire her desire for her passion, as well as my desire, to enhance my confidence from her service..
Mr Epstein
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 12:32:57 PM

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I love those little round chocolate non pareil things. Little circles of chocolate, covered with those sugar things, not too sweet. Yum.
Verbatim
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 6:58:37 PM
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In French, where it comes from: "sans pareil → unparalleled, unequaled."
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