Definitions

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

  • n. A person or thing without equal.
  • n. See black medic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A person or thing of a sort that there is no other such; something extraordinary; a thing that has not its equal. It is given as a name to various objects, as to a choice variety of apple, a species of medic (Medicago lupulina), a variety of pottery clay, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Formerly, a person or thing such as to have no parallel; an extraordinary thing; a thing that has not its equal.
  • n. Specifically— See blackseed, medic, and Medicago.
  • n. Lychnis Chalcedonica.
  • n. A variety of apple. Also spelled nonsuch.

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

  • n. model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal

Etymologies

First attested in 1590: none + such. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Also of help is that my life is pretty well duplicated in NYC, so can forget about lots of toiletries and nonesuch, which is good since I need to schlepp plenty of books (= heavy, volume).

    Breakfast in Bed

  • A 'nonesuch' is something unrivalled, a paragon, or something like nothing else.

    Jane Austen's World

  • More at www. nonesuch.com art "The Moderns" explores modernity in Irish visual art, including paintings by Mainie Jellett, experimental art by Brian O'Doherty and others.

    What's on Around Europe

  • Once you installed it, you started making your. php pages and everything just worked. mod_perl on the other hand, gave you nonesuch.

    Lessons to be learned from PHP : #comments

  • August 25, 2009 nonesuch mcSpluttershirts and the colonorectal imaging cameras

    nonesuch mcSpluttershirts and the colonorectal imaging cameras

  • So if the libertarian answer is for me to wait for nonesuch health care charities to materialize from thin air, so that I can adequately compete and bring in US tax revenue and wages to US citizens, then, I am underwhelmed.

    Some Libertarian Basics, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • But there've been all sorts of other meals and nonesuch with people in town for the book fair, which are nice, but distracting from getting work done.

    Breakfast in Bed

  • This morning I went to the Biblioteca Nacional and got my carné de investigador (thanks for the tip, seanmcl!) allowing me access to the archives and nonesuch.

    Breakfast in Bed

  • What I'm going to try, though, is bring a grocery bag, since I also didn't manage to squeeze the veggie sausages and nonesuch (still in the freezer until the very last minute, given the heat) into the suitcase.

    Breakfast in Bed

  • Actually, I think that once again I will have too much space, since I need to leave room for all the publisher's catalogues and nonesuch that I will be schlepping home with me.

    Breakfast in Bed

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