What does the word par mean?

Usage examples for par

  1. The Lynngams fish to a small extent with nets, but their idea of fishing, par excellence, is poisoning the streams, an account of which has already been given in this monograph. – The Khasis by P. R. T. Gurdon
  2. And the 6 per cent stock which was created in 1842 has advanced in the hands of the holders nearly 20 per cent above its par value. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  3. I am afraid that his ideas about finance were crude in the extreme, being limited to a sort of vague impression that capital was what you put into a bank, and interest was what you took out; while the difference between the par value of a security and the price you could get for it on the market, would have been to him a hopelessly unfathomable mystery. – Austin and His Friends by Frederic H. Balfour