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)

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Last year in Detroit, Zalatoris finished last among the 77 players to make the cut at even-par 288, shooting 6-over on the weekend. Chandler Engelbrecht, Detroit Free Press, 22 July 2022 Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy and Norway's Viktor Hovland share the overnight lead after finishing Saturday's round tied at 16-under par. Andrew Torgan, CNN, 17 July 2022 Smith is tied in third place with Young at 12-under-par. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, 16 July 2022 Peloton’s core customer base also appears very loyal, with churn rates standing at a mere 0.75% - that’s roughly at par with Verizon’s wireless postpaid phone churn, which is seen as one of the stickiest consumer subscriptions. Trefis Team, Forbes, 28 June 2022 At 14-under-par, his lead is five strokes heading into the weekend, tying the tournament record for largest 36-hole lead. Joe Arruda, Hartford Courant, 24 June 2022 Entering the final day at 1-under par, McIlroy had to put up an impressive, but achievable, score to remain in contentione. Jayna Bardahl, BostonGlobe.com, 19 June 2022 Denny McCarthy made the cut on the number at 3-over par. Doug Ferguson, Chicago Tribune, 19 June 2022 Osswald had five birdies over the final eight holes, leaving him tied for first place going to the 18th hole at three-under par. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 23 May 2022 See More

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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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29 Jul 2022

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“Par.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/par. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for par

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

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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