pa·​ra | \ ˈpär-ə How to pronounce para (audio) \
plural paras or para

Definition of para

 (Entry 1 of 6)

1a : any of several monetary units of the Turkish Empire
b : a coin representing one para
2 [ Serbian & Croatian, from Turkish ] — see dinar at Money Table

Definition of para (Entry 2 of 6)


variants: or par-

Definition of para- (Entry 3 of 6)

1 : beside : alongside of : beyond : aside from parathyroid parenteral
2a : closely related to paraldehyde
b : involving substitution at or characterized by two opposite positions in the benzene ring that are separated by two carbon atoms paradichlorobenzene
3a : faulty : abnormal paresthesia
b : associated in a subsidiary or accessory capacity paramedical
c : closely resembling : almost paratyphoid

Definition of para- (Entry 4 of 6)

: parachute paratrooper
plural -paras or -parae

Definition of -para (Entry 5 of 6)

: woman delivered of (so many) children primipara


geographical name
Pa·​rá | \ pə-ˈrä How to pronounce Pará (audio) \

Definition of Pará (Entry 6 of 6)

1 river 200 miles (322 kilometers) long in northern Brazil constituting the eastern mouth of the Amazon
2 state of northern Brazil on the Atlantic and south of the Amazon; capital Belém area 481,836 square miles (1,247,955 square kilometers), population 7,581,051
3 — see belém

Examples of para in a Sentence

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Los tres se embarcan en un viaje para evitar que esto suceda. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 1 - 7, 2019: John Wayne in ‘The Searchers’ and more," 30 Aug. 2019 Vídeo de Miley en el backstage de los VMAs preparandose para su actuación. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Kaitlynn Carter Attended the VMAs with Miley Cyrus," 26 Aug. 2019 De acordo com @marcelobechler e @brunoformiga, Reinier está acertado com o @Everton para transferência em janeiro, quando completará 18 anos., "#FreeZouma, Doucoure Hunt Resumes & Coleman Alternative: Everton News Roundup," 5 Aug. 2019 The number is 888-774-2900 (for English) and 844-831-9200 (para Español). Christine Dempsey,, "Victim advocates: Meriden mom’s death likely 7th this year at hands of intimate partner," 26 Aug. 2019 Não podemos fechar os olhos para o que está acontecendo na Amazônia. Kevin Slane,, "Gisele Bundchen blames ‘opportunists’ who ‘destroy’ the Amazon as massive wildfires continue," 22 Aug. 2019 Este resultado es una buena noticia pues permitirá mantener abierto el mercado para nuestras exportaciones de tomate a los Estados Unidos. Taylor Telford, Washington Post, "U.S. and Mexico settle tomato squabble to stave off tariffs, shortage," 21 Aug. 2019 Una familia lucha para sobrevivir en la ciudad, pero sólo la entereza de la madre logra salvarla. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 Espero que el señor Gobernador identifique y someta un candidato para el puesto de Secretario/a de Estado antes del 2 de agosto y así se lo he manifestado. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "9 questions about Puerto Rico’s political crisis you were too embarrassed to ask," 30 July 2019

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First Known Use of para


1687, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for para


Turkish, from Persian pāra, literally, piece, scrap


Greek, from para; akin to Greek pro before — more at for

Combining form

extracted from parachute entry 1

Noun combining form

Latin, from parere to give birth to — more at pare

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English Language Learners Definition of para-

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: beyond or outside of
: helping highly trained professionals by doing tasks that require less training

English Language Learners Definition of para- (Entry 2 of 2)

: parachute


\ ˈpar-ə How to pronounce para (audio) \
plural paras or parae\ ˈpar-​ˌē How to pronounce parae (audio) \

Medical Definition of para

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a woman delivered of a specified number of children used in combination with a term or figure to indicate the number multiparaa 36-year-old para 5 — compare gravida


\ ˈpar-ə How to pronounce para (audio) \

Medical Definition of para (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : relating to, characterized by, or being two positions in the benzene ring that are separated by two carbon atoms
2 : of, relating to, or being a diatomic molecule (as of hydrogen) in which the nuclei of the atoms are spinning in opposite directions


\ ˌpar-ə, ˈpar-ə How to pronounce para- (audio) \
variants: or par-

Medical Definition of para- (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : closely related to paraldehyde
2 : involving substitution at or characterized by two opposite positions in the benzene ring that are separated by two carbon atoms paradichlorobenzene abbreviation p- — compare meta- sense 2, orth- sense 2

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