par excellence

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French par excellence (by excellence).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /pɑɹ ɛksəˈlɑns/

Adjective[edit]

par excellence (not comparable)

  1. Being the best of its kind.
  2. Being a quintessential example of the kind in question.
    • 2009, Stanley Lombardo, Inferno[1], page 176:
      [in footnote 71] The Roman Senate conferred the honorific title of Augustus (the imperial title par excellence) upon Octavian in 27 BCE.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Usually used attributively after the noun it modifies.

Translations[edit]

Quotations[edit]

  • 2009, John Calvin, The Institutes of the Christian Religion:
    He was par excellence a theologian

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /paʁ ɛk.sɛ.lɑ̃s/

Adverb[edit]

par excellence

  1. by or in virtue of excellence