par excellence

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from French par excellence (by excellence).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /pɑɹ ɛksəˈlɑns/

AdjectiveEdit

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 notesEdit

  • Usually used attributively after the noun it modifies.

TranslationsEdit

QuotationsEdit

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

FrenchEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /paʁ ɛk.sɛ.lɑ̃s/

AdverbEdit

par excellence

  1. by or in virtue of excellence
Last modified on 17 April 2014, at 02:24