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au pair

noun, \ˈō-ˈper\

Simple Definition of au pair

  • : a young person (usually a young woman) from a foreign country who lives with a family and helps to care for children and do housework in return for the opportunity to learn the family's language

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of au pair

plural au pairs \-ˈperz\

  1. :  a usually young foreign person who cares for children and does domestic work for a family in return for room and board and the opportunity to learn the family's language

Origin of au pair

French, on even terms


First Known Use: 1918


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