[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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Related Words for par excellenceexcellent
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Historical Examples of par excellence
Dainty and exquisite, perfect in shape and color its tiny white bell is par-excellence the emblem of passionate purity.
The young authors considered their work to be par-excellence, but the adults in the audience forbore to render an opinion.
British Dictionary definitions for par excellence
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
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.
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