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EtymologyEdit

French pareil

NounEdit

pareil (plural pareils)

  1. (formal) An equal.
    Among writers he was a man without pareil.

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

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.

PronunciationEdit

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

AdjectiveEdit

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.

Usage notesEdit

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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