au pair

\ ˈō-ˈper How to pronounce au pair (audio) \
plural au pairs\ ˈō-​ˈperz How to pronounce au pairs (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 The court’s decision is the second defeat for the au pair industry. The Economist, "A court rules au pairs must be treated on a par with other workers," 18 Dec. 2019 In 1997, a jury in Cambridge convicted British au pair Louise Woodward of second-degree murder in the death of 8-month-old Matthew Eappen., "In 1961, the Soviet Union tested a hydrogen bomb, the ‘‘Tsar Bomba,’’ with a force estimated at about 50 megatons. The Soviet Party Congress approved a resolution ordering the removal of Josef Stalin’s body from Lenin’s tomb.," 30 Oct. 2019 The program is intended to give foreign workers who can be scholars, teachers, camp counselors and au pairs training and experience in those fields in the United States. Lisa Rathke, The Know, "Ski areas across the country are struggling to find seasonal workers, starting to up the ante," 29 Oct. 2019 This makes a private entrance to an au pair or in-law suite that’s over the garage. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Every bedroom has a fireplace in $2.5M Grosse Pointe Farms mansion," 19 Oct. 2019 Cowan came over from Germany 17 years ago as an au pair. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "'Kelly and Ryan' never looked cuter! Photographer stages spot-on set shoot with baby hosts," 2 Oct. 2019 Hours later in Maplewood, about 200 young women, most of them au pairs, gathered at the Morrow Church. New York Times, "How a Nanny’s Adventure in the U.S. Ended in Bloodshed," 12 Aug. 2019 The au pair program, overseen by the U.S. State Department, brought 20,000 people last year to the country. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "Judge approves landmark $65.5 million settlement for child-care workers," 18 July 2019 Julie Provenzano, a real estate agent in Dallas who’s married with two children in Dallas, has had a series of bombshell au pairs from Europe over the past few years. Liz Krieger, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Happened When I Hired a Beautiful Nanny," 11 Sep. 2019

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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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“Au pair.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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English Language Learners 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

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