See under 1 (def 4b).
an equality in value or standing; a level of equality:
The gains and the losses are on a par.
an average, usual, or normal amount, degree, quality, condition, standard, or the like:
above par; to feel below par.
Golf. the number of strokes set as a standard for a specific hole or a complete course.
at par, Finance. (of a share) purchasable at issue par or nominal par.
average or normal.
Finance. at or pertaining to par:
the par value of a bond.
verb (used with object), parred, parring.
Golf. to equal par on (a hole or course).
par for the course, exactly what one might expect; typical:
They were late again, but that’s par for the course.
an accepted level or standard, such as an average (esp in the phrase up to par)
a state of equality (esp in the phrase on a par with)
(finance) the established value of the unit of one national currency in terms of the unit of another where both are based on the same metal standard
(golf) an estimated standard score for a hole or course that a good player should make: par for the course was 72
below par, under par, not feeling or performing as well as normal
par for the course, an expected or normal occurrence or situation
average or normal
(usually prenominal) (commerce) of or relating to par: par value
1620s, “equality,” also “value of one currency in terms of another,” from Latin par “equal, equal-sized, well-matched,” also as a noun, “that which is equal, equality,” of unknown origin. Watkins suggests perhaps from PIE root *pere- “to grant, allot,” with suggestion of reciprocality (see part (n.)).
Another guess connects it with PIE root *per- “to traffic in, sell” (on notion of “give equal value for”); see pornography. Meaning “average or usual amount” is first attested 1767. Golf usage is first attested 1898. Figurative use of par for the course is from 1928.
“by, for,” mid-13c., from Old French par, per, from Latin per (see per).
n. pl. pa·ri·a (pä’rē-ə)
A pair; specifically, a pair of cranial nerves.
preferred arrival route
In addition to the idiom beginning with
- Nominal scale
noun 1. (statistics) a discrete classification of data, in which data are neither measured nor ordered but subjects are merely allocated to distinct categories: for example, a record of students’ course choices constitutes nominal data which could be correlated with school results Compare ordinal scale, interval scale, ratio scale
- Nominal semidestructor
abuse Slang for “National Semiconductor”, found among other places in the 4.3BSD networking sources. During the late 1970s to mid-1980s this company marketed a series of microprocessors including the National Semiconductor 16000 and National Semiconductor 32000. At one point early in the great microprocessor race, the specs on these chips made them look like serious […]
noun, Grammar. 1. a sentence consisting of a subject and complement without a linking verb, as Very interesting, those books.
noun 1. book or par value, as of securities; face value. noun 1. another name for par value