au pair

\ ˈō-ˈper How to pronounce au pair (audio) \
plural au pairs\ ˈō-​ˈperz How to pronounce au pair (audio) \

Definition of au pair

: 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

Examples of au pair in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Guests can be housed in the au pair suite with its convenient separate entrance. Mary Carole Mccauley,, 10 Mar. 2022 The couple, so charmed, invited her to be their au pair. Amy Drew Thompson,, 29 Mar. 2022 This suite is ideal for an au pair or for intergenerational living. James Alexander,, 4 Apr. 2022 Esther talked about growing up as an only child, and her period working as an au pair in London. CNN, 23 Feb. 2022 One is a patio chair; the other is a chatty au pair. Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2021 An au pair for one of the wealthiest families in town fears for her life after rejecting advances from the father. Washington Post, 11 Dec. 2021 When a Russian au pair (Eeva Putro) in the neighborhood disappears, Mia investigates, soon becoming a hostage herself. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 6 Jan. 2022 Vickie had her phone out, filling out an application for an au pair service. Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of au pair

1934, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for au pair

French, on even terms

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2 May 2022

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“Au pair.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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