par excellence love

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Being the best or truest of a kind; quintessential: a diplomat par excellence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Being the best of its kind.
  • adj. Being a quintessential example of the kind in question.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. By virtue of manifest superiority; by the highest right, claim, or qualification; preëminently.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. to a degree of excellence

Etymologies

French : par, by + excellence, preeminence.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowed from French par excellence ("by excellence"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A potential friendly witness par excellence — next to Chaz Minear, the Red with the most closeted skeletons.

    The Big Nowhere

  • It was either on account of the secrecy of their meetings, or because of some mystical idea which made the middle of the night the hour par excellence for prayer, in the words of the psalm: media nocte surgebam ad confitendum tibi, that the Christians chose the night time for their synaxes, and of all other nights, preferably the

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • It is these permanent French Canadian immigrants who have organized parishes and parochial schools, erected churches and convents, and now constitute the labouring power par excellence in all the industrial centres of New England.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI

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