pareil

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

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Adjective[edit]

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.
    (Quebec)
    Il est pareil à son père.
    He's like his father.

Usage notes[edit]

  • 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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