par excellence

par ex·​cel·​lence | \ ˈpär-ˌek-sə-ˈläns How to pronounce par excellence (audio) , ˈpär-ˌek-sə-ˈläⁿs How to pronounce par excellence (audio) \

Definition of par excellence

: being the best of a kind : preeminent a chef par excellence

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Examples of par excellence in a Sentence

sophisticated cuisine that is obviously the work of a chef par excellence
Recent Examples on the Web Conference rooms and floating workstations will be the order of the day, with sprawling corporate campuses like Facebook and Google once proudly wielded as the employee incentive par excellence no longer making quite the same amount of sense. Liz Elting, Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021 To teach this point, the kohen, the teacher par excellence, is mandated not to have any contact with the dead. Rabbi Avi Weiss,, 26 Apr. 2021 Alice Neel was the painter par excellence of New York’s human comedy. Jerry Saltz, Vulture, 6 Apr. 2021 In other words, a new sustainable economy expresses the ability to exist together, in relation to the whole and not just as a separate part, based on cultural creative capital, capable of recognizing love as the economic act par excellence. Laura Colombo, Forbes, 5 Apr. 2021 But none of its shenanigans diminish the fact that this car is a corner-carver par excellence. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 22 Mar. 2021 The book’s essay on a once-popular marque explains that in Europe—especially north of the Alps—Saab was the architect’s car, par excellence. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 10 Mar. 2021 Musaafer, arguably Houston’s most elegant Indian restaurant with regards to cuisine as well as aesthetics, is the par excellence product of paramours Shammi and Mithu Malik. Joanna O'leary, Chron, 11 Feb. 2021 With the 2020 election looming, the autumn brought back-to-back doses of Cohen as button-pusher par excellence. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 4 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of par excellence

1695, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for par excellence

French, literally, by excellence

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28 May 2021

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“Par excellence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of par excellence

formal : better than all others

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