Par excellence

More French words and expressions commonly used in English:

Mardi gras   fat Tuesday
Celebration before Lent, Carnaval

Mot juste   right word
Exactly the right word or expression.

Nouveau riche   new rich
Disparaging term for someone who has recently come into money.

Nouvelle cuisine   new cuisine
Cooking style developed in the 1960’s and 70’s that emphasized lightness and freshness.

Par excellence   by excellence
Quintessential, preeminent, the best of the best

Petit, petite   small, short
lesser, minor

Also: Joie de vivre

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