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.

    ‘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. 1.1A par score at a hole.
      ‘a card that showed 16 pars, one eagle, and one birdie’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But it was a par on the 72nd hole that netted Toms his first major championship.’
  • 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Similarly, Bosnia and Herzegovina operates a currency board with its domestic currency, konvertibilna marka, tied to German marks at par.’

verbpars, parring, parred

[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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both players parred the closing hole, just missing lengthy birdie putts.’

Phrases

    above (or below or under) par
    • Better (or worse) than is usual or expected.

      ‘poor nutrition can leave you feeling below par’
      • ‘The sauce, which as you would expect is the key, is invariably 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.’
      • ‘With the loss of some key players, the team looked distinctly under par.’
      • ‘Two years ago I was overweight, bloated, lacked energy, fell asleep early in the evenings and generally felt 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.’
    on a par with
    • Equal in importance or quality to.

      ‘this home cooking is on a par with the best in the world’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some excellent facilities are in place at the gym which are on a par with the very best in the county.’
      • ‘It is a deeply affecting couple of hours, on a par with Schindler's List for emotional impact.’
      • ‘The games industry in the UK is already bigger than the cinema business, and on a par with video.’
    par for the course
    • What is normal or expected in any given circumstances.

      ‘looking gorgeous is par for the course with her’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Getting the odd whistle or rude comment is par for the course.’
      • ‘Bizarre conversations with taxi drivers are par for the course in Dublin, but this one took the biscuit.’
    up to par
    • At an expected or usual quality.

      ‘I can promise that the tipple will be up to par’
      • ‘However, if the water quality isn't up to par, it can smell pretty bad.’
      • ‘The transfer is acceptable but not up to par with what other studios are doing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The technical quality of the disc is up to par with the rest of the volumes.’

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/