An example of to par is to get a hole in two on a hole that is expected to take two swings.
An example of a par is the average expected performance on a test.
Performing up to par; did not yet feel up to par.
A local product on a par with the best foreign makes.
An example of par used as an adjective is in the phrase "par score" which means a score that is equal to the standard.
A solid, par performance.
Work that is up to par.
- Usual; typical:.Unfortunately, such short-sightedness is par for the course these days.
- That which is normal, usual, or to be expected under the circumstances.
Origin of par
- From Latin pār equal, that which is equal perə-2 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition