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

Examples of par excellence in a Sentence

sophisticated cuisine that is obviously the work of a chef par excellence
Recent Examples on the Web To the friendly audience at the Bush Center, the Iraq-Ukraine mix-up landed as a Bushism par excellence, a harmless and endearing slip-up. New York Times, 8 June 2022 Principal horn David Cooper, brass shapeshifter par excellence, shone throughout. Hannah Edgar, chicagotribune.com, 1 Apr. 2022 Of course, eventually Jack makes the sunglasses indoors look a permanent fixture of his steez, which is absolutely a freak move par excellence. Dave Schilling, Los Angeles Times, 28 Mar. 2022 Klaus Fuchs defended Party dogma even as the Party was turning his East Germany into the surveillance state par excellence. Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2022 Consider his case study of tiny Barbados (21 miles long, 19 miles wide), the sugar-island par excellence. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, 28 Jan. 2022 Possibly the most vocal in his admiration is former Reagan administration official and paleoconservative par excellence, Pat Buchanan. Joseph S. Laughon, National Review, 2 Mar. 2022 Burnett is also a poet, and her sensory descriptions are par excellence. The Week Staff, The Week, 24 Jan. 2022 This retrospective sent a collective shivering depth charge through viewers’ psyches and showed that Neel was the painter par excellence of modern life. Jerry Saltz, Vulture, 17 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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Last Updated

20 Jun 2022

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“Par excellence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/par%20excellence. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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