- 1 Golf The number of strokes a first-class player should normally require for a particular hole or course: Woosnam had advanced from his overnight position of three under par the sixteenth is a par fiveMore example sentences
- They were 14 under par for four balls, but only level par for 36 holes of foursomes compared to England's 16 under.
- The third hole is a par 3, and, like clockwork, there's always a backup on that tee.
- 1.1A par score at a hole: a card that showed 16 pars, one eagle, and one birdieMore example sentences
- Boylan has had a quiet season but burst into life with a two under par front nine, making seven pars and birdies at the fourth and fifth to turn with 28 points.
- The South African began with five straight pars before firing two birdies in a neat outward nine of 34.
- The young protégé got off to a difficult start and was three over after five but turned the tables in magnificent fashion, coming home in two under par for a level par round of 71.
- 2 Stock Exchange The face value of a share or other security, as distinct from its market value: the 9 per cent unsecured loan stock is redeemable at par [as modifier]: par valueMore example sentences
- The successful issuers of currency would be the organizations with reputations strong enough to maintain the market values of their securities at exact par.
- Biddle actively pursued a policy of pressing state banks to redeem their outstanding banknotes at promised par or face value in specie.
- The exchange said IFCI would place the shares with IDBI at par and subject to central bank approvals.
- 2.1 (also par of exchange) The recognized value of one country’s currency in terms of another’s.More example sentences
- Since our currency is linked on par with theirs, whatever happens to the Rand, happens to the Namibia Dollar.
- Why don't we set our currency on par to the British pound?
- Similarly, Bosnia and Herzegovina operates a currency board with its domestic currency, konvertibilna marka, tied to German marks at par.
verb (pars, parring, parred)[with object] Golf Back to top
- Play (a hole) in par: he calmly parred the 17thMore example sentences
- We parred the first hole, but on the second hole, I hit my tee shot in a fairway bunker and he just killed his drive right down the middle.
- I parred the hole and won by two shots over Gil Morgan, who birdied the final hole.
- Faldo parred every single hole to capture that first major.
above (or below or under) par
- Better (or worse) than is usual or expected: poor nutrition can leave you feeling below parMore example sentences
substandard, inferior, not up to standard, not up to scratch, under par, below average, lacking, wanting, second-rate, mediocre, middling, poor, bad, inadequate, unsatisfactory, uninspired, undistinguished• informal not up to snuffNorth American • informal bush-leaguenot oneself, not in good shape, out of sorts; ill, ailing, unwell, poorly, indisposed; unhealthy, unfit, washed out, run down, tired, fatigued, peaky, liverish; sick, queasy, nauseous; British off, off colourBritish • informal ropy, grottyScottish • informal wabbitAustralian/New Zealand • informal crook• dated seedy, queer
- The sauce, which as you would expect is the key, is invariably under par.
- It will strike when its host suffers from a wound such as a small cut, a minor ailment such as a cold, or when the immune system is under par.
- With the loss of some key players, the team looked distinctly under par.
on a par with
- Equal in importance or quality to: this home cooking is on a par with the best in the worldMore example sentences
- We have a road network on a par with the worst of any of the poorest third world economies.
- Oats proved to be one of the better crops this year, coming in on a par with last year's yield.
- Some excellent facilities are in place at the gym which are on a par with the very best in the county.
par for the course
- What is normal or expected in any given circumstances: looking gorgeous is par for the course with herMore example sentences
- Now 5,000 patients die every year because of hospital-bred infections and this is now seen as par for the course.
- Didn't get to see everyone I'd hoped to, but that's par for the course.
- To be told you've won a digital camera or mountain bike or some such, whilst wondering what the catch is, is about par for the course.
up to par
- At an expected or usual quality: I can promise that the tipple will be up to parMore example sentences
- However, if the water quality isn't up to par, it can smell pretty bad.
- The transfer is acceptable but not up to par with what other studios are doing.
- This was a television series rather than a feature film and the acting isn't up to par with what you would expect out of one.
late 16th century (in the sense 'equality of value or standing'): from Latin, 'equal', also 'equality'. The golf term dates from the late 19th century.