par

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noun

1
a
: 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
3
a
: 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 adjective

par

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verb

parred; parring

transitive verb

: to score par on (a hole)
Phrases
par for the course
: not unusual : normal
It's par for the course that she's late to the meeting.

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Opting for his 5-wood, McIlroy made par to win $200,000 and draw level with Thompson on the par-4 hole. Homero De La Fuente, CNN, 27 Feb. 2024 The law did not come close to putting the F.D.A., which oversees shelf-stable food, cheese and fresh produce, on par with the Department of Agriculture, the other major food regulator. Will Fitzgibbon, New York Times, 27 Feb. 2024 Should Kraven the Hunter deliver another flop as appears likely, or even disappointingly low but not disastrous result — say perhaps $400 million, on par with a higher-performing DCEU release from the last five years — then Sony will be forced to rethink their plans. Mark Hughes, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2024 And, while notable artists of the 15th and 16th centuries included Black women in their depictions, albeit in roles of service, Black women’s bodies were on par with White women’s in terms of possessing the acceptable standard of beauty. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Feb. 2024 The prices are on par with BBQPapers, with basic essays starting at $13.00 per page. Sponsored Content, The Mercury News, 22 Feb. 2024 While exact data on how many fatal collapses occur as a result of holes dug at the beach is hard to come by, some research shows the number of people killed nationally by sharks is about on par with those killed after being trapped in sand holes dug out at the beach. David Goodhue, Miami Herald, 21 Feb. 2024 Woods, though, couldn’t sustain much momentum in his uneven round which also had seven pars and six bogeys. Jay Paris, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 If your existing mattress isn’t up to par, check out this mattress topper for a cost-effective way to make your bed extra comfortable. Toni Sutton, Peoplemag, 7 Feb. 2024
Verb
Tiger Woods resumes second round, pars first two holes to remain at 2-over Woods got through 12 holes during Friday's round and started early on Saturday trying to stay above the cut line. Scooby Axson, USA TODAY, 8 Apr. 2023 Rahm rebounded from the episode to par the final hole for his first Masters win. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, 10 Apr. 2023 Green, winner of the 2019 Women's PGA Championship at Hazeltine National, needed only to par the final two holes to win. Star Tribune, 2 May 2021 Teeing off in the mid-afternoon Friday in Georgia, Finau scrambled well enough to par the first three holes. The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Nov. 2020 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun and Verb

Latin, one that is equal, from par equal

First Known Use

Noun

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1950, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of par was in 1601

Dictionary Entries Near par

Cite this Entry

“Par.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/par. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

par

noun
ˈpär
1
a
: the fixed value of the unit of money of one country expressed in terms of the unit of money of another country
b
: the face value or issuing price of a stock or bond
2
: common level : equality
3
: an accepted standard (as of health)
not feeling up to par
4
: the standard score for a golf hole or course
par adjective
Etymology

Noun

from Latin par (noun) "one that is equal," from par (adjective) "equal" — related to compare, pair, peer, umpire see Word History at umpire

Medical Definition

par

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

Legal Definition

par

1 of 2 noun
: 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

2 of 2 adjective
Etymology

Noun

Latin, one that is equal, from par equal

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