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’
    • ‘They were 14 under par for four balls, but only level par for 36 holes of foursomes compared to England's 16 under.’
    • ‘The third hole is a par 3, and, like clockwork, there's always a backup on that tee.’
    1. 1.1 A par score at a hole:
      ‘a card that showed 16 pars, one eagle, and one birdie’
      • ‘But it was a par on the 72nd hole that netted Toms his first major championship.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The South African began with five straight pars before firing two birdies in a neat outward nine of 34.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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’
    • ‘It will offer for subscription 2 100 006 shares with a par and issue value of 10 leva each.’
    • ‘Each right allows subscribing a share with a par and issue value of one lev.’
    • ‘Biddle actively pursued a policy of pressing state banks to redeem their outstanding banknotes at promised par or face value in specie.’
    • ‘The successful issuers of currency would be the organizations with reputations strong enough to maintain the market values of their securities at exact par.’
    • ‘The exchange said IFCI would place the shares with IDBI at par and subject to central bank approvals.’
    1. 2.1 The 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Herb lost out when he three putted the 18th to take a bogey instead of parring the hole.’
    • ‘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/