par excellence

adjective par ex·cel·lence \ ˈpär-ˌek-sə-ˈläⁿs \
Updated on: 28 Mar 2018

Definition of par excellence

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

Examples of par excellence in a Sentence

  1. sophisticated cuisine that is obviously the work of a chef par excellence

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Origin and Etymology of par excellence

French, literally, by excellence


PAR EXCELLENCE Defined for English Language Learners

par excellence

Definition of par excellence for English Language Learners

  • : better than all others



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