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
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Word History


French, literally, by excellence

First Known Use

1695, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of par excellence was in 1695

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“Par excellence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

par excellence

adverb or adjective
par ex·​cel·​lence ˌpär-ˌek-sə-ˈläns How to pronounce par excellence (audio)
: in the highest degree : above all others
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