[ pahrz ]
/ pɑrz /

noun, plural par·tes [pahr-teez] /ˈpɑr tiz/.

(in prescriptions) a part.

Nearby words

  1. parrotfish,
  2. parry,
  3. parry channel,
  4. parry islands,
  5. parry's disease,
  6. pars amorpha,
  7. pars granulosa,
  8. pars intermedia,
  9. pars plana,
  10. pars tympanica

Origin of pars

From Latin


[ pahr ]
/ pɑr /



average or normal.
Finance. at or pertaining to par: the par value of a bond.

verb (used with object), parred, par·ring.

Golf. to equal par on (a hole or course).

Origin of par

First recorded in 1615–25, par is from the Latin word pār equal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pars

British Dictionary definitions for pars


/ (pɑː) /



average or normal
(usually prenominal) commerce of or relating to parpar value

Word Origin for par

C17: from Latin pār equal, on a level; see peer 1

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Word Origin and History for pars
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for pars


[ pärs ]

n. pl. par•tes (pärtēz)

A part or portion of a structure, especially of an anatomical structure.


[ pär ]

n. pl. pa•ri•a (rē-ə)

A pair; specifically, a pair of cranial nerves.

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Idioms and Phrases with pars


In addition to the idiom beginning with par

  • par for the course

also see:

  • below par
  • on a par with
  • up to par
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