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A.Word.A.Day--nonpareil

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nonpareil (non-puh-REEL)

adjective: Having no equal; peerless.
noun: A person or thing that has no equal; a paragon.

[Middle English nounparalle, from Old French nonpareil : non-, non- + pareil, equal (from Vulgar Latin *pariculus, diminutive of Latin par, equal]

"The Trocks' grand finale is led by Fifi Barkova -- 'a ballerina nonpareil, whose pungency is indisputable'."
Louise Levene; The Full Monte; The Independent; Sep 13, 1997.

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