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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Park will play Mindy Chen, an au pair in her twenties besotted with Paris, who befriends Emily and tries to convince the less-enamored girl that Parisian life is parfait! Ruth Kinane,, "Mean Girls musical alum Ashley Park joins Lily Collins in Darren Star's Emily In Paris series," 13 Aug. 2019 Allegedly Killed by Her Boyfriend Karen Bermudez-Rodriguez, the family’s 26-year-old au pair, was also found lying critically injured in a nearby street. Rachel Desantis,, "N.Y.C. Comedy Club Owner Killed Alongside Au Pair Remembered as 'Source of Light'," 7 Aug. 2019 Bermudez-Rodriguez, a Columbian native, worked for the family as an au pair. Fox News, "Colombian au pair, 26, killed by ex-boyfriend after breaking up with him hours before: report," 6 Aug. 2019 Police said Bermudez-Rodriguez was an au pair for the Kimowitz family and Porter had been dating her. Washington Post, "Man charged in death of au pair, her host," 5 Aug. 2019 This room, ideal for an au pair, guest or in-law, also has a walk-in closet, and separate and private entry. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: New construction in Orinda delivers thoughtful design and incredible views," 26 June 2019 Designer Ulla Johnson might be a Brooklyn mom, dropping her kids off in clothes of her own design, but her personal style is that of a worldly au pair. Laura Neilson, WSJ, "Inside Ulla Johnson’s New Hamptons Outpost," 29 May 2019 Also in the home are the Smiths' children, Evangeline, 8, and Elliot, 5, as well as the family’s au pair, Angèle Thibaud. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, "See inside this stunning remodeled Victorian mansion in Old Louisville," 27 June 2019 That au pair did not report the incident to police. Washington Post, "Fairfax County high school teacher took illicit videos of dozens of students, police say," 19 June 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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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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