Origin of nonpareilFrench ; from non, not + pareil, equal ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form pariculus, diminutive of Classical Latin par, equal, par
- someone or something unequaled or unrivaled
- ⌂ painted bunting
- any of certain tiny, variously colored pellets of sugar used to decorate cakes, cookies, etc.
- a small, rounded wafer of chocolate covered with such pellets
- A person or thing that has no equal; a paragon.
- A small, flat chocolate drop covered with white pellets of sugar.
Origin of nonpareilMiddle English nounparalle, from Old French nonpareil : non-, non- + pareil, equal (from Vulgar Latin *pariculus, diminutive of Latin par, equal; see per&schwa;-2 in Indo-European roots).
(comparative more nonpareil, superlative most nonpareil)
From Middle French nonpareil (“unparalleled") (obsolete in French), from non- + pareil.