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
- Having no equal; peerless: the Yankees' nonpareil center fielder.
- Designating the smallest, most flavorful variety of pickled caper.
- A person or thing that has no equal; a paragon.
- a. A small pellet of variously colored sugar used to decorate or give texture to sweets.b. A small, flat chocolate drop covered with these pellets.
Origin of nonpareilMiddle English nounparalle from Old French nonpareil non- non- pareil equal ( from Vulgar Latin pariculus ) ( diminutive of Latin pār equal ; see perə-2 in Indo-European roots.)
(comparative more nonpareil, superlative most nonpareil)
From Middle French nonpareil (“unparalleled") (obsolete in French), from non- + pareil.