Definition of par noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pɑː(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɑːr//
    [uncountable] Golf
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  1. 1(in golf) the number of strokes a good player should need to complete a course or to hit the ball into a particular hole a par five hole Par for the course is 72. She went round the course in three under (= three strokes less than) par. See related entries: Golf
  2. 2(also par value) (business) the value that a share in a company had originally to be redeemed at par
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent. (in the sense ‘equality of value or standing’): from Latin, ‘equal’, also ‘equality’. The golf term dates from the late 19th cent.Extra examples He finished four over par. I feel slightly below par today. She went round the course in three under par. The company’s bonds are trading well above par. This place is on a par with the best French restaurants. Your work is not up to par. a clever putt to save par at par with the US dollarIdioms less well, good, etc. than is usual or expected I may take tomorrow off if I’m still feeling under par. Teaching in some subjects has been well below par. (disapproving) to be just what you would expect to happen or expect somebody to do in a particular situation synonym norm Starting early and working long hours is par for the course in this job.
    on a par with somebody/something
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    as good, bad, important, etc. as somebody/something else
    as good as usual or as good as it should be I didn’t think her performance was up to par.
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