Main definitions of par in English

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noun

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

    ‘he 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’
      • ‘The South African began with five straight pars before firing two birdies in a neat outward nine of 34.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 stock or other security, as distinct from its market value.

    • ‘Each right allows subscribing a share with a par and issue value of one lev.’
    • ‘The successful issuers of currency would be the organizations with reputations strong enough to maintain the market values of their securities at exact par.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It will offer for subscription 2 100 006 shares with a par and issue value of 10 leva each.’
    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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Faldo parred every single hole to capture that first major.’
    • ‘Herb lost out when he three putted the 18th to take a bogey instead of parring the hole.’

Phrases

  • above (or below or under) par

    • Better (or worse) than is usual or expected.

      ‘poor nutrition can leave you feeling below par’
      • ‘The jokes seemed to be aimed at an older audience, where as to me, the Simpsons movie felt below par and the jokes fairly stale.’
      • ‘The sauce, which as you would expect is the key, is invariably under par.’
      • ‘Two years ago I was overweight, bloated, lacked energy, fell asleep early in the evenings and generally felt below par.’
      • ‘With the loss of some key players, the team looked distinctly under par.’
      • ‘It will strike when its host suffers from a wound such as a small cut, a minor ailment such as a cold, or when the immune system is under par.’
      substandard, inferior, not up to standard, not up to scratch, under par, below average, lacking, wanting, second-rate, mediocre, middling, poor, bad, inadequate, unsatisfactory, uninspired, undistinguished
      slightly unwell, not well, not very well, not oneself, not in good shape, out of sorts
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  • on a par with

    • Equal in importance or quality to; on an equal level with.

      ‘this home cooking is on a par with the best in the world’
      • ‘The games industry in the UK is already bigger than the cinema business, and on a par with video.’
      • ‘We have a road network on a par with the worst of any of the poorest third world economies.’
      • ‘Oats proved to be one of the better crops this year, coming in on a par with last year's yield.’
      • ‘It is a deeply affecting couple of hours, on a par with Schindler's List for emotional impact.’
      • ‘Some excellent facilities are in place at the gym which are on a par with the very best in the county.’
      as good as, comparable with, in the same class as, in the same league as, equivalent to, much the same as, equal to, a match for, on a level with, on an equal footing with, of the same standard as
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  • par for the course

    • What is normal or expected in any given circumstances.

      ‘given the high standards of the food, the prices seem par for the course’
      • ‘Bizarre conversations with taxi drivers are par for the course in Dublin, but this one took the biscuit.’
      • ‘Now 5,000 patients die every year because of hospital-bred infections and this is now seen as par for the course.’
      • ‘Didn't get to see everyone I'd hoped to, but that's par for the course.’
      • ‘Getting the odd whistle or rude comment is par for the course.’
      • ‘To be told you've won a digital camera or mountain bike or some such, whilst wondering what the catch is, is about par for the course.’
      normal, typical, standard, usual, predictable, what one would expect, only to be expected
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  • up to par

    • At an expected or usual level or quality.

      • ‘The transfer is acceptable but not up to par with what other studios are doing.’
      • ‘The technical quality of the disc is up to par with the rest of the volumes.’
      • ‘However, if the water quality isn't up to par, it can smell pretty bad.’
      • ‘This was a television series rather than a feature film and the acting isn't up to par with what you would expect out of one.’
      • ‘Downing says that the quality of the food and water abroad isn't always up to par with the United States.’
      good enough, up to the mark, satisfactory, acceptable, adequate, passable, up to scratch, all right
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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

/pɑr//pär/

Main definitions of par in English

: par1par2

par2

noun

informal
  • A paragraph.

Origin

Mid 19th century: abbreviation.

Pronunciation

par

/per/