par

noun
\ ˈpär How to pronounce par (audio) \

Definition of par

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the established value of the monetary unit of one country expressed in terms of the monetary unit of another country using the same metal as the standard of value
b : the face amount of an instrument of value (such as a check or note): such as
(1) : the monetary value assigned to each share of stock in the charter of a corporation
(2) : the principal of a bond
2 : common level : equality usually used with on judged the recording to be on a par with previous ones
3a : an amount taken as an average or norm
b : an accepted standard specifically : a usual standard of physical condition or health wasn't feeling up to par today
4 : the score standard for each hole of a golf course The 18th hole is a par 5. also : a score equal to par
par for the course
: not unusual : normal It's par for the course that she's late to the meeting.

par

verb
parred; parring

Definition of par (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to score par on (a hole)

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Other Words from par

Noun

par adjective

Examples of par in a Sentence

Noun

He made par on the ninth hole. She finished the 18th hole three strokes under par. He made a par on the ninth hole. She made nine pars in a row.
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At one of those majors, the 1975 U.S. Open, the winning score was three over par. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "Eight Burning Questions as the 2020 PGA Tour Season Tees Off," 10 Sep. 2019 Chapter Two made $185 million globally this past weekend, about on par with the previous film. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "‘It: Chapter Two’ Opened With $91 Million. Can It Maintain That Momentum?," 9 Sep. 2019 The new Pro phones are expected to have a few new features that will put them on par with the top offerings from many Android phone makers, such as an additional rear-facing camera that will allow the phone to capture wider-angle photos. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "Apple’s big September event will be about a lot more than new iPhones," 6 Sep. 2019 Southern California Boys’ Championship, finishing tied for 25th with a two-over-par 74 at Brookside Golf Course No. Jeff Tully, Burbank Leader, "Looking back: Burroughs volleyball, soccer teams, golfers lead way in 2018-19," 26 July 2019 The rising junior had a two-day score of 5 over par 142 and missed the cut on Friday at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville golfer Matthias Schmid misses British Open cut, but outscores Tiger Woods," 19 July 2019 Duval, the winner in 2001, notched up a sizeable 13 on the seventh hole, while 2014 champion McIlroy opened with a four-over-par eight at the first on day one of the 148th Open Championship. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "Rory McIlroy, David Duval suffer horror holes at The Open," 18 July 2019 Third place went to Adam Baxter, whose final-round 72 left him at 293, five strokes over par. Anchorage Daily News, "JBER golfer claims Alaska State Amateur championship," 15 July 2019 Woods shot a one-over par 71 at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta on Sunday to wrap up an emotional two-shot victory over Billy Horschel at the season-ending Tour Championship. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Parody video of Tiger Woods 'watching' pundits' criticisms goes viral after golf great's title win," 26 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of par

Noun

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1950, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for par

Noun and Verb

Latin, one that is equal, from par equal

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par

noun

Financial Definition of par

What It Is

In the bond world, par is the face value of a bond. That is, the par value is the amount the issuer promises to pay the bondholder when the bond matures. For equities, the par is a very small, arbitrary value assigned to each share.

How It Works

Let's assume Company XYZ issues $10 million in bonds to the public. It may do so by issuing 10,000 bonds, each with a $1,000 face value. That means that when each bond matures, the holder will receive the par value of $1,000. Most corporate bonds have $1,000 face values, but municipal bonds often have $5,000 par values and federal bonds often have $10,000 par values.

The par values for stocks are typically $0.01 per share and are set forth in the issuer's articles of incorporation. For preferred stock, however, par values may be higher because they are often used to calculate dividends.

Why It Matters

For bonds, par is a pricing benchmark. When the bond's price is below par, the bond is considered "discounted;" when the bond's price is above par, the bond is considered "at a premium."

Par has little significance for equities because it generally does not influence the stock price itself.  The cumulative par value of all the company's shares outstanding is reflected in the shareholders' equity section of the balance sheet.

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par

noun

English Language Learners Definition of par

: the number of strokes a good golfer is expected to take to finish a golf hole or course
business : the value of a stock or bond that is printed on the paper of the stock or bond itself or that is decided upon when the stock or bond is issued

par

noun
\ ˈpär How to pronounce par (audio) \

Kids Definition of par

1 : an equal level They are two people with talents on a par.
2 : the score set for each hole of a golf course
3 : a usual or average level His grades were below par.

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par

noun
\ ˈpär How to pronounce par (audio) \

Medical Definition of par

: a usual standard of physical condition or health his insulin production…is not up to par— P. G. Donohue

par

noun
\ ˈpär How to pronounce par (audio) \

Legal Definition of par

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the face amount of an instrument of value (as a check or note): as
a : the monetary value assigned to each share of stock in the charter of a corporation
b : the principal of a bond

par

adjective

Legal Definition of par (Entry 2 of 2)

History and Etymology for par

Noun

Latin, one that is equal, from par equal

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