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 Dani’s an American in the 1980s who travels to England and takes a job as the new au pair to the Wingrave children, Flora (Amelie Bea Smith) and Miles (Benjamin Evan Ainsworth), at their family estate in Bly. Nick Romano,, "'Every love story is a ghost story': The Haunting of Bly Manor creator reveals hidden secrets of season 2," 12 Oct. 2020 The finished lower level has an au pair or in-law suite, plus a workout room that could be a bedroom. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Location of lavish $2.2M Birmingham home is a big selling point," 19 Dec. 2020 Running off to au pair in Italy or to backpack through Southeast Asia were not options. Tara Duggan,, "The silver lining of having a kid stay home for college during the pandemic," 12 Dec. 2020 During a midday news conference from his home office, Newsom said everyone in his family, including the children’s au pair, has tested negative for the virus. Taryn Luna, Los Angeles Times, "After two COVID-19 exposures, Newsom and his family will quarantine until Dec. 5," 23 Nov. 2020 The clip belonged to Miss Jessel, their previous au pair who allegedly died by her own hand. Shannon Carlin,, "The Haunting of Bly Manor," 9 Oct. 2020 Riddell, her husband, their three children under the age of 5 and an au pair live in their three-bedroom home. Errin Haines, USA TODAY, "The pandemic is political — and women are angry at the president," 16 Oct. 2020 While the love story between au pair Dani (Victoria Pedretti) and gardener Jamie (Amelia Eve) gets the most attention throughout the show, that of Owen and Mrs. Grose is one of the most heartwarming and tragic in Bly Manor. Natalie Morin,, "Everyone Is In Love With This Underrated Netflix Couple," 15 Oct. 2020 Finally getting the courage to perform around Paris, Mindy gets fired from her au pair job and moves in with Emily. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Who is Mindy from "Emily in Paris"?," 13 Oct. 2020

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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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26 Jan 2021

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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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