par excellence

adjective
par ex·​cel·​lence | \ˈpär-ˌek-sə-ˈläⁿs \

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

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Find a piazza or a park and enjoy a picnic par excellence. Matt Goulding, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Eat Like an Italian," 13 June 2018 Teutonic knights from East Prussia founded it as Königsberg 763 years ago, and German philosopher par excellence Immanuel Kant spent his whole life there. Ross Kenneth Urken, The New Republic, "Playing Geopolitics With the World Cup," 5 June 2018 The answers to those and other Lovers questions go back to the 1980s, when Cline, now 62, already had a reputation as an experimental musician par excellence. Dan Deluca, Philly.com, "How Wilco guitarist Nels Cline remade his 'Lovers' especially for Philadelphia," 25 May 2018 Méliès, born in 1861, was an innovator par excellence, experimenting with effects in his films that blew people’s minds in an era when film itself was still startling to many people. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "How Georges Méliès films are still influencing cinema, more than 100 years later," 3 May 2018 Kemp, who has a reputation as a Georgia vote-suppressor par excellence, investigated NGP, but nothing official came of the inquiry. Lisa Chase, Daily Intelligencer, "Stacey Vs. Stacey," 2 May 2018 No doubt, the rabbis led the way in the count toward Shavuot as the rabbis are the teachers par excellence of Torah. Rabbi Avi Weiss, Jewish Journal, "Understanding the Torah should not lead to tunnel vision," 1 May 2018 Matt Chapman It was supposed to be the other Matt in Oakland—that would be Olson—who was going to be the Athletics’ power hitter par excellence (or at least pair up with Khris Davis as the team’s top slugger). Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Nine Innings: David Price's New Vantage Point, Joe Mauer's Hall of Fame Candidacy and a Possible Reboot of the '86 Postseason," 16 Apr. 2018 Montverde, an international boarding school, has a basketball program par excellence. Jerry Fallstrom, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Undefeated Montverde, with No. 1 basketball player in U.S., aims for national title," 25 Mar. 2018

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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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par excellence

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of par excellence

: better than all others

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