-par- comes from Latin, where it has the meaning "equal; a piece.'' This meaning is found in such words as: apart, apartheid, bipartisan, comparable, compare, compartment, counterpart, depart, department, departure, disparage, impart, incomparable, pair, par, parenthesis, part, partial, participle, particle, particular, partisan, partition, party, repartee.
the condition of equality between the current market value of a share, bond, etc, and its face value (the nominal par). This equality is indicated by at par, while above (orbelow) par indicates that the market value is above (or below) face value
an estimated standard score for a hole or course that a good player should make: par for the course was 72
below par, under par ⇒ not feeling or performing as well as normal
par for the course ⇒ an expected or normal occurrence or situation
average or normal
(usually prenominal) of or relating to par: par value
Etymology: 17th Century: from Latin pār equal, on a level; see peer1
MedicineAlso called parity. a woman's status regarding the bearing of viable offspring: usually followed by a Roman numeral designating the number of times the woman has given birth.
Medicinethe woman herself. Cf. gravida.
extracted from primapara,multipara, etc. 1880–85
Pa•rá(pä rä′),USA pronunciationn.
Place Namesan estuary in N Brazil: an arm of the Amazon. 200 mi. (320 km) long; 40 mi. (65 km) wide.
See Pará rubber.
a prefix appearing in loanwords from Greek, most often attached to verbs and verbal derivatives, with the meanings "at or to one side of, beside, side by side'' (parabola; paragraph; parallel; paralysis), "beyond, past, by'' (paradox; paragogue); by extension from these senses, this prefix came to designate objects or activities auxiliary to or derivative of that denoted by the base word (parody; paronomasia), and hence abnormal or defective (paranoia), a sense now common in modern scientific coinages (parageusia; paralexia). As an English prefix, para-1 may have any of these senses; it is also productive in the naming of occupational roles considered ancillary or subsidiary to roles requiring more training, or of a higher status, on such models as paramedical and paraprofessional:paralegal; paralibrarian; parapolice.
Chemistrya combining form designating the para (1, 4) position in the benzene ring. Abbr.: p-. Cf. meta- (def. 2c), ortho- (def. 2b). See diag. under ortho-.