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Better than average. If you need a graphic designer, I highly recommend Jeff. His work is well above par. Her performance in sales this quarter is above par, so she deserves a bonus.
better than average or normal. His work is above par, so he should get paid better.
above par1 at a premium. 2 better than average.
Above par is a stock exchange idiom. In this and the following idioms, par is the Latin for ‘equal’.