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

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The lower level contains a charming crafts area, a large exercise room, a meditation room, a large bathroom with a whirlpool tub, a shower, an au pair or in-law suite, and abundant storage. Joan Walden,, "Property of the Week: 22 Pasture Lane, West Simsbury," 18 May 2017 There is a large room that could be a playroom or living room for an au pair with an adjacent bedroom and bath and a door opening to the expansive backyard. Joan Walden,, "59 Lord Davis Lane, Avon," 8 Mar. 2018 Under the settlement, which still requires the approval of the U.S. District Court in Colorado, those who worked as au pairs between Jan. 1, 2009, and Oct. 28, 2018, are in line for payment. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "Au Pairs Reach $65.5 Million Settlement Over Wages," 9 Jan. 2019 Billed as a cultural-exchange, the au pair program typically attracts women aged 18 to 26 from Europe, Latin America and Asia who are seeking the opportunity to live with a U.S. family and improve their language skills. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "Au Pairs Reach $65.5 Million Settlement Over Wages," 9 Jan. 2019 Some of my favorite au pairs have been from South Africa. Rebecca Hazen, Houston Chronicle, "Memorial resident volunteers through global nonprofit," 8 June 2018 Meantime, tumult is their norm: Alisha pumping milk in an Amtrak train bathroom while texting the au pair and wondering whether Evie needs to practice her sight words, whether August feels lost in the midst of his siblings. Anndee Hochman,, "The Parent Trip: Alisha Glennon and Jeffrey Stacey of Mount Airy," 8 May 2018 The ensuite au pair or guest area has a cozy nook, spacious walk-in closet, and a full bath with step-in shower. Margaret Demarino,, "Property of the Week: Washington Farms, Burlington," 4 May 2017 Cultural Care Au Pair is a program that provides a cultural exchange experience for international au pairs and childcare for American host families. Rebecca Hazen, Houston Chronicle, "Memorial resident volunteers through global nonprofit," 8 June 2018

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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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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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