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.

Words nearby par excellence

Origin of par excellence

From French Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for par excellence

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for par excellence

par excellence
/ French (par ɛksɛlɑ̃s, English pɑːr ˈɛksələns) /


to a degree of excellence; beyond comparisonshe is the charitable lady par excellence

Word Origin for par excellence

literally: by (way of) excellence
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