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 At the BMW Championship last month, Justin Thomas brought Medinah to its knees and shot 25 under par. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "Eight Burning Questions as the 2020 PGA Tour Season Tees Off," 10 Sep. 2019 As a result, McIlroy started the tournament on five under par, five shots behind Justin Thomas -- the FedEx Cup standings leader. CNN, "Rory McIlroy wins PGA Tour Championship and pockets $15m prize," 26 Aug. 2019 Challenged by Koepka at Pebble Beach, Woodland held on to win the U.S. Open at 13 under par. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Gary Woodland Wins U.S. Open," 16 June 2019 Luton, who played one series into the second half, bounced back from a sub-par Hawaii performance by completing 17 of 22 passes for 255 yards. oregonlive, "Oregon State takes a satisfying 45-7 win over Cal Poly into an off week, but injuries are mounting," 15 Sep. 2019 Lisette Orellana of Burbank tied for first with Arcadia’s Erica Lee with a one-over-par 38. Staff Reports, Burbank Leader, "Leader Sports Roundup: Burbank second, Burroughs third in league girls’ golf match," 12 Sep. 2019 The offensive line fared so-so, and one of the sub-par plays came when Ndamukong Suh easily shed a Laken Tomlinson block. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "49ers report card: Defense rescues shaky Garoppolo, offense," 9 Sep. 2019 Coming off a sub-par performance in the season-opener, Johnston didn’t feel the urgency of an ineffective offensive display. Evan Dudley, al, "Tyler Johnston slices up Akron defense in UAB’s 31-20 win," 7 Sep. 2019 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

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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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The first known use of par was in 1601

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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
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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

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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