matchless

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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).

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matchless (comparative more matchless, superlative most matchless)

  1. Having no match; without equal.
    • 1819, Sir Walter Scott, Ivanhoe, ch. 8:
      [T]he Prince was to declare the victor in the first day's tourney, who should receive as prize a warhorse of exquisite beauty and matchless strength.
    • 2002, Daniel Okrent, "Books: A Prince of a Pitcher" (Review of: Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy), Time, 30 Sept.:
      It was not his matchless talent that exalted Koufax beyond his greatest contemporaries so much as it was his knowledge that character was not connected to talent.
  2. Having no mate.
    • 2010, Sandra Brennan, "Movies: The Flying Matchmaker (1966)," nytimes.com, 1 June (retrieved 13 Sep 2010):
      In this comedy, a matchmaker has a matchless daughter. Try as he might, he cannot seem to find anyone for her.

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