1. An amount or level considered to be average; a standard: performing up to par; did not yet feel up to par.
2. An equality of status, level, or value; equal footing: a local product on a par with the best foreign makes.
3. The established value of a monetary unit expressed in terms of a monetary unit of another country using the same metal standard.
4. See par value.
5. Sports The number of golf strokes considered necessary to complete a hole or course in expert play.
tr.v. parred, par·ring, pars
To score par on (a hole or course) in golf.
1. Equal to the standard; normal: a solid, par performance.
2. Of or relating to monetary face value.
par for the course
Usual; typical: Unfortunately, such short-sightedness is par for the course these days.
[From Latin pār, equal, that which is equal; see perə-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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