Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having no match or equal; unsurpassed: matchless virtuosity at the keyboard.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having no match; without equal.
  • adj. Having no mate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having no equal; unequaled.
  • adj. Unlike each other; unequal; unsuited.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having no match or equal; peerless; unrivaled: as, matchless impudence; matchless charms.
  • Not matched; not paired; hence, unshared; having no partner.
  • Synonyms Unparalleled, incomparable, inimitable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. eminent beyond or above comparison

Etymologies

From match +‎ -less, modelled after or partly continuing Middle English makeless ("having no peer or equal, matchless"), equivalent to make +‎ -less. Compare Swedish makalös ("incomparable, matchless"), Danish mageløs ("matchless"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The same applies to the actual message of the work, the description of copulation, the nuptials of flowers in matchless bridal beds.

    Notes

  • Above hung heavy clouds, alas! too suggestive of the hopes that perished forever at Appomattox, but ever and anon the struggling sun broke through, lingering awhile as if to recall the matchless glory which, even in the hour of disaster and defeat, gilded and made immortal the untarnished swords, the stacked arms, then and there surrendered.

    Memories

  • OF ROXBURGH became the purchaser of these "matchless" volumes.

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  • Lincoln was enormously skilled at adjusting his style to his audience, balancing folksy charm with religion and that matchless logical precision of his as required. authors paraphrase Says:

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  • Visiting Yad Vashem, the museum of the Holocaust, Hare was struck by the thought that the paintings and sculptures on view seemed superfluous when one was confronted by the matchless horror of fact.

    Culture

  • So they finished their supper in great joy and contentment, and presently retired to rest between clean sheets, safe in Toad's ancestral home, won back by matchless valour, consummate strategy, and a proper handling of sticks.

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  • A world that I thought I was trying to uncover, but a world that only John could reveal through his matchless storytelling ability.

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  • At home in Canberra it would have to be the Australian magpiefor its matchless song.

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  • Where Stephen Daldry's matchless 1994 production offered a portrait of a mechanised hell this stylised version treats the kitchen as a place of choreographed artistry.

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  • The book has an archetypal resonance as a piece of matchless storytelling.

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