[pahr ek-suh-lahns, ek-suh-lans; French pa-rek-se-lahns]
- being an example of excellence; superior; preeminent (used postpositively): a chef par excellence.
- above all; preeminently.His method stands par excellence as the most reliable of all.
Origin of par excellence
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Examples from the Web for par excellence
Dainty and exquisite, perfect in shape and color its tiny white bell is par-excellence the emblem of passionate purity.The Lake of the Sky
George Wharton James
The young authors considered their work to be par-excellence, but the adults in the audience forbore to render an opinion.Polly and Her Friends Abroad
Lillian Elizabeth Roy
- to a degree of excellence; beyond comparisonshe is the charitable lady par excellence
literally: by (way of) excellence
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Word Origin and History for par excellence
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