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From Middle French pareil, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *pariclus (compare Catalan parell, Greek παρέα (paréa), Italian parecchio, Occitan parelh, Romanian pereche, Spanish parejo), from contraction of *pariculus, a diminutive of Latin pār.


  • IPA(key): /pa.ʁɛj/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛj


pareil (feminine singular pareille, masculine plural pareils, feminine plural pareilles)

  1. such
    Je n'ai jamais vu une chose pareille.
    I've never seen such a thing.
  2. like, alike, same
    Les chauves-souris voletaient en silence, pareilles à des ombres inquiètes.
    Bats flutter in silence like worried shadows.
    Il est pareil à son père. (Quebec)
    He's like his father.

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The adjective is often placed before the noun in formal style: un pareil crime, whereas un crime pareil sounds more natural.

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