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par excellence

[pahr ek-suh-lahns, ek-suh-lans; French pa-rek-se-lahns] /pɑr ˌɛk səˈlɑns, ˈɛk səˌlæns; French pa rɛk sɛˈlɑ̃s/
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
From French Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for par excellence
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  • These are his "set," par excellence, and he knows them thoroughly.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • He was, par excellence, a man of his time: in many ways even in advance of it.

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter
  • He was, par excellence, the polished cosmopolitan man of the world.

    The Yellow Claw Sax Rohmer
  • It is a mistake to suppose that Buffon was par excellence a maker of hypotheses.

    Form and Function E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
  • But this intermediate moment is par excellence the moment for psychology.

  • Come, as you are fond of patriots, I will show you the patriot, par excellence.

    Lavengro George Borrow
  • Everybody calls you "the wise" par excellence, and thinks you so.

    Treatises on Friendship and Old Age Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • Satin-stitch is par excellence the stitch for fine silkwork.

    Art in Needlework Lewis F. Day
  • In letters, in life, Mark Twain is the American par excellence.

    Mark Twain Archibald Henderson
  • Impurity is the sin, par excellence, of all unchristian people.

    Life of John Coleridge Patteson Charlotte M. Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for par excellence

par excellence

/par ɛksɛlɑ̃s; English pɑːr ˈɛksələns/
to a degree of excellence; beyond comparison: she is the charitable lady par excellence
Word Origin
literally: by (way of) excellence
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for par excellence

French, from Latin per excellentiam "by the way of excellence." From French par "by way of, by means of," from Latin per (see per). For second element see excellence.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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