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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The president, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff all have put climate change on par with China and Russia as threats. John Rossomando, National Review, 21 June 2021 The bill Kennedy authored, the Mental Health Parity Act, became law in 2008 and requires equal coverage of treatment for mental illness and addiction, on par with that of medical and surgical care. Bill Frist, Forbes, 21 June 2021 Over the past week, the ratio of spin-to-velocity has dropped to 23.9, on par with measurements from the 2015 season, according to MLB Statcast data. Jake Seiner, Chron, 20 June 2021 The past week, the ratio of spin-to-velocity has dropped to 23.9, on par with measurements from the 2015 season, according to MLB Statcast data. BostonGlobe.com, 20 June 2021 Tahir estimates roughly half of the patient population has been vaccinated so far, on par with the statewide rate. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 June 2021 And Kate clearly feels this is on a par with today's most pressing global issues. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, 17 June 2021 More than 45 years later, Germany’s GDP per capita is on par with many other wealthy countries, yet Germans work roughly 400 fewer hours per year than Americans. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, 17 June 2021 Where the money will really help, said Franczyk, is in capital expenditures, an area where the garden has not been spending on a par with peer institutions. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 17 June 2021

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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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23 Jun 2021

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“Par.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/par. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for par

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.

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

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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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