The Meaning of PAR EXCELLENCE – PAR EXCELLENCE in a Sentence

The Meaning of PAR EXCELLENCE – PAR EXCELLENCE in a Sentence

Learn the origin and definition of PAR EXCELLENCE and see, through sentence examples, how you can integrate this French expression into your daily conversation and take it to a new level.

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The phrase PAR EXCELLENCE is of French origin and means:

  • among the best of its kind
  • a degree of excellence
  • beyond comparison
  • preeminent
  • above all

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PAR EXCELLENCE can be used as an adjective or an adverb, although it is more commonly used as an adjective.

It usually comes after the noun or verb.

In English it is usually pronounced with a hybrid French accent – PAR EX◦CEL◦once

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In the picture we see a front cover of a cookbook by Raymond Blanc

Sentence example: Celebrity chef Raymond Blanc has built his reputation as a French chef par excellence, promoting the use of seasonal fruit and vegetables to create the freshest dishes.

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In the picture we see the front cover of Dale Carnegie’s best seller.

Sentence example: With over 30 million copies sold worldwide since it was published in 1936, Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People” is the self-help book par excellence.

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In the picture we see wild flowers growing in a field near the sea.

Sentence example: Due to its moist, mild climate and rich soil, Ireland is, par excellence, a land of wild flowers.

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So in summary, to add variety to your English and take it to a more advanced level, instead of saying “the best” or “No. 1”, use the French phrase PAR EXCELLENCE which means: among the best of its kind.

It usually follows a noun or verb.

It’s pronounced PAR EX◦CEL◦once

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