par

noun
\ ˈpär How to pronounce par (audio) \

Definition of par

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the established value of the monetary unit of one country expressed in terms of the monetary unit of another country using the same metal as the standard of value
b : the face amount of an instrument of value (such as a check or note): such as
(1) : the monetary value assigned to each share of stock in the charter of a corporation
(2) : the principal of a bond
2 : common level : equality usually used with on judged the recording to be on a par with previous ones
3a : an amount taken as an average or norm
b : an accepted standard specifically : a usual standard of physical condition or health wasn't feeling up to par today
4 : the score standard for each hole of a golf course The 18th hole is a par 5. also : a score equal to par
par for the course
: not unusual : normal It's par for the course that she's late to the meeting.

par

verb
parred; parring

Definition of par (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to score par on (a hole)

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Other Words from par

Noun

par adjective

Examples of par in a Sentence

Noun He made par on the ninth hole. She finished the 18th hole three strokes under par. He made a par on the ninth hole. She made nine pars in a row.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun However, the planet as a whole is still unusually mild, and 2020 was on par with the previous record for the warmest year on record. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, "Winter clobbers much of nation," 16 Feb. 2021 The result has seen the power sector reducing emissions on par with the trajectory the Clean Power Plan, which was paused by the Supreme Court and ultimately scrapped by the Trump administration, would have required. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Biden climate goals mean conflict with natural gas, the resource behind recent emissions reductions," 15 Feb. 2021 But Lasso, Dickinson, and The Morning Show, combined with everything else outlined above, means Apple TV+ has a content slate on par with an FX or AMC or Showtime in an average year. Josef Adalian, Vulture, "Apple TV+ Is Doing Better Than You Think," 5 Feb. 2021 The company’s global production is expected to average about 1.5 million barrels per day, on-par with 2019. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "North Slope gas write-down drives $772 million quarterly loss for ConocoPhillips," 4 Feb. 2021 That puts this year on par so far with 2018, which went on to be a terrible year for wildfire, drought and heat. Judy Fahys, The Arizona Republic, "Climate change ravaged the West with heat and drought last year. Will 2021 be worse?," 2 Feb. 2021 Designed to deliver terminal performance on par with the famed Nosler Partition while being as flat-shooting and accurate as the company’s Ballistic Tip, the Nosler AccuBond is one of the best all-round big-game bullets ever made. Richard Mann, Field & Stream, "The 5 Best 6.5 Creedmoor Hunting Loads," 26 Jan. 2021 Sabbath’s most creative album up until that point cemented the band as a sonic force on par with any act in any genre. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "50 greatest Rock & Roll Hall of Fame albums of 1971," 22 Jan. 2021 The case number was on par with the 21-day average but significantly down from a peak of more than 10,251 new cases earlier this month. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, "DeWine 'infuriated' over spoiled COVID-19 vaccines, Ohio to add 2M at-home tests," 21 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of par

Noun

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1950, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for par

Noun and Verb

Latin, one that is equal, from par equal

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23 Feb 2021

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“Par.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/par. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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par

noun

English Language Learners Definition of par

: the number of strokes a good golfer is expected to take to finish a golf hole or course
business : the value of a stock or bond that is printed on the paper of the stock or bond itself or that is decided upon when the stock or bond is issued

par

noun
\ ˈpär How to pronounce par (audio) \

Kids Definition of par

1 : an equal level They are two people with talents on a par.
2 : the score set for each hole of a golf course
3 : a usual or average level His grades were below par.

par

noun
\ ˈpär How to pronounce par (audio) \

Medical Definition of par

: a usual standard of physical condition or health his insulin production…is not up to par— P. G. Donohue

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par

noun
\ ˈpär How to pronounce par (audio) \

Legal Definition of par

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the face amount of an instrument of value (as a check or note): as
a : the monetary value assigned to each share of stock in the charter of a corporation
b : the principal of a bond

par

adjective

Legal Definition of par (Entry 2 of 2)

History and Etymology for par

Noun

Latin, one that is equal, from par equal

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