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 Amazon says its attrition rate is on par with industry averages but didn’t provide supporting data. Caitlin Harrington, Wired, "As Amazon Workers Organize, They Stress: ‘We Are Not Robots’," 9 Apr. 2021 To their credit, Lauzon and Zboril have been OK, about on par with where Chara stood upon landing on the Islanders’ blue line as a 20-year-old, back when size alone was a work permit in the NHL. BostonGlobe.com, "The Bruins sure could use Zdeno Chara right about now," 7 Apr. 2021 Godzilla was a hit with $529 million in 2014, right on par with The Meg ($530 million) in 2018. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, "5 Reasons ‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’ Smashed Pandemic-Era Box Office Records," 6 Apr. 2021 The third-year guard from Slovenia is averaging 28.6 points, 8.8 assists and 8.1 rebounds this season, nearly on par with his averages from last year. Selby Lopez, Dallas News, "Mavericks guard Luka Doncic ranked as ESPN’s top player under 25 for second straight year," 6 Apr. 2021 This week's numbers are on par with last week's, continuing a downward trend of cases among Indiana's students, teachers and school employees. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, "Nearly 500 additional COVID-19 cases reported in schools, total nears 44,000," 5 Apr. 2021 The shorter wheelbase helps the SUV have a shorter turning radius, on par with the Chevy Bolt EV, GMC claims. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "830-HP 2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV Is an Open-Roof Off-Roader," 5 Apr. 2021 This was a classic on par with Duke's wins against UNLV in 1991 and Kentucky 1992 and the title game between Villanova and North Carolina in 2016. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, "Undefeated Gonzaga withstands toughest test yet in UCLA as title game with Baylor looms," 4 Apr. 2021 Training requirements for officers are on par with those for professions that require little human interaction, such as pest control and water-well drilling. Libor Jany, Star Tribune, "Chauvin trial again casts spotlight on MPD's training program," 3 Apr. 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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12 Apr 2021

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“Par.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/par. Accessed 15 Apr. 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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