au pair


plural au pairs ˈō-ˈperz How to pronounce au pair (audio)
: 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 Immigrants are heavily represented in the care sector, as nannies, au pairs, home health aides, and nursing-home assistants. Irina Ivanova, Fortune, 6 Feb. 2024 Whether newborn babies, growing teens, grandparents, adult children and even au pairs or home health aides, the house may need to have a flexible floor plan. Cameron Sullivan, The Mercury News, 1 Feb. 2024 While au pair child care is an affordable option, families often pay up front for the service, which can include thousands of dollars to cover registration and visa fees, interviews, background checks and travel from the au pair’s home country to the United States. Alexis Christoforous, ABC News, 26 Jan. 2024 According to the complaint, as reported by the BBC, the couple also allegedly spent their nearly 300 investors’ funds on a Range Rover, luxury handbags, jewelry, an au pair, boat rentals and snowmobile adventures. Clare Fisher, Peoplemag, 24 Jan. 2024 The State Department essentially wants to end the au pair program, which connects more than 21,000 foreigners with American families a year. Kristina Rasmussen, WSJ, 23 Nov. 2023 An au pair can cost as little as $20,000, a bargain compared with other child-care options for families with several kids. Kristina Rasmussen, WSJ, 23 Nov. 2023 Forensic evidence and multiple interviews led detectives to determine that the au pair allegedly shot Ryan, police said in a statement. Kc Baker, Peoplemag, 20 Oct. 2023 Erin moves out to become an au pair for a rich family with an astroturf lawn. Kitty Grady, Vogue, 17 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


French, on even terms

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of au pair was in 1934

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“Au pair.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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