au pair

noun \ˈō-ˈper\

Definition of au pair

plural

au pairs

\-ˈperz\
  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of au pair

French, on even terms


First Known Use: 1918


AU PAIR Defined for English Language Learners

au pair

noun \ˈō-ˈper\

Definition of au pair for English Language Learners

  • : 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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