NONPAREIL (Fr. non, and pareil, like, Lat. par), having no equal, unrivalled. Apart from its uses as a descriptive name for particularly fine kinds of fruit, etc., and of certain birds, moths and butterflies, the chief application of the word in English is, in printing, to a size of type between " emerald " and " ruby," in the United States of America between " minion " and " agate " (see TYPOGRAPHY).
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)