Main definitions of par in English

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par1

noun

  • 1Golf
    The number of strokes a first-class player should normally require for a particular hole or course.

    ‘Woosnam had advanced from his overnight position of three under par’
    ‘the sixteenth is a par five’
    • ‘The third hole is a par 3, and, like clockwork, there's always a backup on that tee.’
    • ‘They were 14 under par for four balls, but only level par for 36 holes of foursomes compared to England's 16 under.’
    1. 1.1A par score at a hole.
      ‘a card that showed 16 pars, one eagle, and one birdie’
      • ‘The young protégé got off to a difficult start and was three over after five but turned the tables in magnificent fashion, coming home in two under par for a level par round of 71.’
      • ‘Boylan has had a quiet season but burst into life with a two under par front nine, making seven pars and birdies at the fourth and fifth to turn with 28 points.’
      • ‘But it was a par on the 72nd hole that netted Toms his first major championship.’
      • ‘The South African began with five straight pars before firing two birdies in a neat outward nine of 34.’
      • ‘Beames won last year's tournament by becoming the first player to shoot par on the nine-hole course, beating American pro Jack O'Keefe by a stroke.’
  • 2Stock Market
    The face value of a share or other security, as distinct from its market value.

    ‘the 9 per cent unsecured loan stock is redeemable at par’
    [as modifier] ‘par value’
    • ‘The successful issuers of currency would be the organizations with reputations strong enough to maintain the market values of their securities at exact par.’
    • ‘It will offer for subscription 2 100 006 shares with a par and issue value of 10 leva each.’
    • ‘Biddle actively pursued a policy of pressing state banks to redeem their outstanding banknotes at promised par or face value in specie.’
    • ‘The exchange said IFCI would place the shares with IDBI at par and subject to central bank approvals.’
    • ‘Each right allows subscribing a share with a par and issue value of one lev.’
    1. 2.1The recognized value of one country's currency in terms of another's.
      • ‘Similarly, Bosnia and Herzegovina operates a currency board with its domestic currency, konvertibilna marka, tied to German marks at par.’
      • ‘Since our currency is linked on par with theirs, whatever happens to the Rand, happens to the Namibia Dollar.’
      • ‘Why don't we set our currency on par to the British pound?’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]Golf
  • Play (a hole) in par.

    ‘he calmly parred the 17th’
    • ‘We parred the first hole, but on the second hole, I hit my tee shot in a fairway bunker and he just killed his drive right down the middle.’
    • ‘Herb lost out when he three putted the 18th to take a bogey instead of parring the hole.’
    • ‘I parred the hole and won by two shots over Gil Morgan, who birdied the final hole.’
    • ‘Both players parred the closing hole, just missing lengthy birdie putts.’
    • ‘Faldo parred every single hole to capture that first major.’

Origin

Late 16th century (in the sense ‘equality of value or standing’): from Latin, equal, also equality. The golf term dates from the late 19th century.

Pronunciation:

par

/pɑː/

Main definitions of par in English

: par1par2

par2

noun

informal
  • A paragraph.

    ‘fifteen pars on the front page’

Origin

Mid 19th century: abbreviation.

Pronunciation:

par

/pɑː/