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 for Nonpareil
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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]
     3. (Zool.)
        (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
        (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.
     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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: eminent beyond or above comparison; "matchless beauty";
             "the team's nonpareil center fielder"; "she's one girl in
             a million"; "the one and only Muhammad Ali"; "a peerless
             scholar"; "infamy unmatched in the Western world"; "wrote
             with unmatchable clarity"; "unrivaled mastery of her art"
             [syn: matchless, nonpareil, one(a), one and
             only(a), peerless, unmatched, unmatchable,
             unrivaled, unrivalled]
      n 1: model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no
           equal [syn: ideal, paragon, nonpareil, saint,
           apotheosis, nonesuch, nonsuch]
      2: colored beads of sugar used as a topping on e.g. candies and
      3: a flat disk of chocolate covered with beads of colored sugar

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  60 Moby Thesaurus words for "nonpareil":
     A per se, ace, beau ideal, boss, champion, chief, choice, chosen,
     commander, cream, dean, elect, elite, exemplar, fat, flower,
     fugleman, genius, good example, head, higher-up, ideal, jewel,
     laureate, leader, man of men, master, mirror, model, ne plus ultra,
     nonesuch, optimum, paragon, pattern, phoenix, pick, prime,
     principal, prize, prodigy, queen, quintessence, ruler, select,
     senior, shining example, standard, star, superior, superlative,
     superman, superstar, the best, the best ever, the greatest,
     the most, the tops, the very best, top dog, virtuoso

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

     One of five pedagogical languages based on Markov
     algorithms, used in ["Nonpareil, a Machine Level Machine
     Independent Language for the Study of Semantics", B. Higman,
     ULICS Intl Report No ICSI 170, U London (1968)].  The others
     were Brilliant, Diamond, Pearl and Ruby.

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