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 Pinehurst's Cradle Course (designed by Rio 2016 Olympics course creator Gil Hanse) to Augusta National's par-three layout, which each year hosts the traditional pre-Masters nine-hole shootout. Tom Pilcher, CNN, "The future of golf could be shorter than you think," 13 Oct. 2020 Ursuline defeated Seton at Miami Whitewater with Eleanor scoring a 2 under par 34 on the from nine. Melanie Laughman, The Enquirer, "Enquirer names Greater Cincinnati fall high school athletes of the week, Oct. 9," 10 Oct. 2020 Spread pesto in an even layer over the par-baked tart crust. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week," 9 Oct. 2020 The winner on the par-three course is awarded a small cup that's three inches tall. Koki Riley, The Arizona Republic, "Having fun: It's what keeps Xavier Prep head golf coach Sister Lynn Winsor going," 9 Oct. 2020 Cameron fends off most criticism as just par for the course. Dallas News, "Long seen as a rising star for GOP, Kentucky AG now faces heat for handling of Breonna Taylor case," 6 Oct. 2020 Pano, who turned 16 on Aug. 20, tied for 41st in the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship LPGA tour event Aug. 28-30 by shooting 72-67-66 for 205 and 8-under par, 205. Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, "Alexa Pano finishes tied for 41st in LPGA event," 2 Oct. 2020 On the other hand, every air purifier needs a replacement filter so that’s basically par for the course. oregonlive, "We tried 5 air purifiers. These are the ones we would buy again," 30 Sep. 2020 Weight gain, mood swings, nausea, loss of libido and breakthrough bleeding are seen as par for the course and generally accepted as a small price to pay for preventing unplanned pregnancies. Jessica Phillips, refinery29.com, "I Had A Stroke At 20 Because Of The Pill," 29 Sep. 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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20 Oct 2020

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“Par.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/par. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for par

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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