- the legally established value of the monetary unit of one country in terms of that of another using the same metal as a standard of value.
- the state of the shares of any business, undertaking, loan, etc., when they may be purchased at the original price (issue par) or at their face value (nominal par).
verb (used with object), parred, par·ring.
Origin of par1
Origin of par2
Related Words for parparity, equality, level, equivalence, median, standard, criterion, mean, model, balance, norm, sameness, usual, equivalency
Examples from the Web for par
Contemporary Examples of par
There are only 175 countries on that list, which puts Russia on a par with Lebanon and Nigeria.Recession? Devaluation? Inflation? Putin Tells Russia Stay the Course.
December 4, 2014
The city is incredibly violent for its size, on par with metropolises that dwarf the town.The Disappearing Cops of East St. Louis
November 26, 2014
A life-sized poster of Par Gyi greeted guests at the entrance.Hope and Change? Burma Kills a Journalist Before Obama Arrives
November 11, 2014
These things are absolutely deplorable, but they were par for the course for some of the more dedicated “Gamers” in the community.Death of ‘Gamer’ Identity: How Hardcore Trolls Pwned Themselves
September 17, 2014
The idea of a soap being advertised as gluten-free struck me as ludicrous—roughly on par with a shampoo proclaiming to be low fat.Celiac or Not, Gluten Free Dish Soap Is Ridiculous
July 16, 2014
Historical Examples of par
The modest ones and I, particularly, are pretty much upon a par.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
He appeared to place the regimental orderly book on a par with the Bible.The Downfall
These are his "set," par excellence, and he knows them thoroughly.One Of Them
Charles James Lever
Some continental authorities place him on a par with Tourte.The Bow, Its History, Manufacture and Use
Par Saint Jaaques, they know where to make themselves merry.Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume I (of II)
Charles James Lever
- See par value
- the condition of equality between the current market value of a share, bond, etc, and its face value (the nominal par). This equality is indicated by at par, while above (or below) par indicates that the market value is above (or below) face value
Word Origin for par
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)
In addition to the idiom beginning with par
- par for the course
- below par
- on a par with
- up to par