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.

Nearby words

  1. papyritious,
  2. papyrology,
  3. papyrus,
  4. par,
  5. par avion,
  6. par for the course,
  7. par value,
  8. par-,
  9. par-three,
  10. par.

Origin of par excellence

From French Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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Word Origin and History for par excellence

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