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 onjudged 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 With fitness centers closed during the shutdown, outdoor running has seen a resurgence on par with crowded gyms during the first week of January. Rachel King, Fortune, "The Coronavirus Economy: The resurgence of outdoor running during the lockdown," 29 June 2020 Anything that helps to keep control of your smart home inside your home is worthwhile, and the machine-learning chip puts the Google Nest Mini on par with the Amazon Echo Dot and its distinct audio-input jack. Cnet, SFChronicle.com, "Cnet reviews: Best smart home devices for 2020," 28 June 2020 An annual summer staple in the United States — on par with popsicles and unfortunate sunburns — are fireworks. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "There’s A Good Reason Fireworks Conspiracy Theories Are So Popular Right Now," 24 June 2020 Trump received 44% approval and 52% disapproval on his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, on par with the May survey. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Trump gets poor marks for handling of protests as Biden widens lead in Wisconsin," 24 June 2020 The company expects EndeavorRx’s price to be on par with other prescription treatments for children with ADHD, a spokesperson for Akili told STAT. Rebecca Robbins, BostonGlobe.com, "Will Akili’s prescription video game be a winner?," 24 June 2020 Trump’s approval ratings are on par with Jimmy Carter’s at this point in 1980. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Workers at Trump’s Tulsa rally test positive for COVID-19, as campaign reboot promises cheers, clashes and contagion," 20 June 2020 While that’s roughly on par with the jobless rates for all workers, that might not tell the whole story. Aimee Picchi, USA TODAY, "Older Americans face another pandemic risk: Most can't work remotely despite COVID-19," 19 June 2020 This year's murder count is on par with New York's murder total five years ago and is well below the elevated murder totals of the decades before that, NYPD data shows. Eric Levenson, CNN, "New York City crime stats show spike in burglaries and murders so far this year," 16 June 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/par. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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par

noun
How to pronounce par (audio)

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

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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