par excellence

adjective
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 Prior to the pandemic, his reputation was that of a top-dog machine politician par excellence—a bullying, controlling, charmless power broker, reviled by progressives, accepted by Republicans, and tolerated by the rest. Michael Greenberg, The New York Review of Books, "Emergency Responder," 16 Apr. 2020 To be sure, Mike was a conspiracy theorist par excellence. Preston Lerner, Wired, "DIY Rockets, Daredevils, and the Tragedy of Mad Mike Hughes," 22 Mar. 2020 James Estrin/The New York Times Cassoulet, the centuries-old specialty from southwest France of baked meat and beans, is a cold-weather warmer par excellence. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "The Right Dish for the Cassoulet," 2 Mar. 2020 The travails of WeWork and Uber, unicorns par excellence, recently demonstrated that justifying sky-high valuations may require a path to profitability after all. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "A guide to the biggest beasts in the fintech unicorn herd," 13 Dec. 2019 The effort to unwind America’s role as an offshore haven par excellence has wind at its sails at last. Casey Michel, The New Republic, "How to Stop Kleptocrats From Stashing Their Cash in America," 18 Sep. 2019 The veil [headscarf] is seen as the symbol par excellence of religious visibility’’ and is ‘‘seen by some . . . BostonGlobe.com, "PARIS — When a far-right French official disrupted a regional council meeting to demand that a Muslim woman accompanying a group of schoolchildren be ordered to remove her headscarf, ‘‘in the name of our secular principles,’’ her own child buried his head in her shoulder and cried.," 31 Oct. 2019 Then again, the Gourmet character par excellence is precisely that: a man engaged in a long, losing battle with a world that will always have the upper hand. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Those Who Work' ('Ceux qui travaillent'): Film Review," 15 Oct. 2019 Neumann presented WeWork as a disruptor par excellence, branding his office-sharing company a technology platform rather than a real estate company, just as Kalanick characterized Uber as a technology platform and not a ride sharing company. Wired, "Stumbles at Uber and WeWork Don't Mean the End of Tech," 3 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of par excellence was in 1695

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“Par excellence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/par%20excellence. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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par excellence

adjective
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English Language Learners Definition of par excellence

formal : better than all others

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