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pair

noun \ ˈper \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of pair

plural pairs or pair
1 a (1) : two corresponding things designed for use together
  • a pair of shoes
(2) : two corresponding bodily parts or members
  • a pair of hands
b : something made up of two corresponding pieces
  • a pair of trousers
2 a : two similar or associated things: such as
(1) : two mated animals
(2) : a couple in love, engaged, or married
  • were a devoted pair
(3) : two playing cards of the same value or denomination and especially of the same rank
(4) : two horses harnessed side by side
(5) : two members of a deliberative body that agree not to vote on a specific issue during a time agreed on; also : an agreement not to vote made by the two members
b : a partnership especially of two players in a contest against another partnership
3 chiefly dialectal : a set or series of small objects (such as beads)

Examples of pair in a Sentence

  1. He blushed when he saw all three pairs of eyes watching him.

  2. She won with a pair of aces.

  3. I got my first pair of glasses when I was eight.

  4. His two closest friends lived in the city and the pair of them visited him often.

  5. The dance is usually performed by a male and female pair.

  6. Those two kids make quite a pair.

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Origin and Etymology of pair

Middle English paire, from Anglo-French, from Latin paria equal things, from neuter plural of par equal


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pair

verb

Definition of pair

transitive verb
1 a : to make a pair of often used with off or up
  • paired off the animals
b : to cause to be a member of a pair
c : to arrange a voting pair between
2 : to arrange in pairs
intransitive verb
1 : to constitute a member of a pair
  • a sock that didn't pair
2 a : to become associated with another often used with off or up
  • paired up with an old friend
b : to become grouped or separated into pairs often used with off
  • paired off for the next dance

Examples of pair in a Sentence

  1. The teacher paired students with partners for the assignment.

Recent Examples of pair from the Web

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First Known Use of pair

1606



PAIR Defined for English Language Learners

pair

noun

Definition of pair for English Language Learners

  • : two things that are the same and are meant to be used together

  • : a thing that has two parts which are joined

  • : two people who are related in some way or who do something together


pair

verb

Definition of pair for English Language Learners

  • : to put (two people or things) together


PAIR Defined for Kids

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pair

noun \ ˈper \

Definition of pair for Students

plural pairs or pair
1 : two things that match or are meant to be used together
  • a pair of gloves
  • a pair of draft horses
2 : a thing having two similar parts that are connected
  • a pair of scissors
3 : two people who are connected in some way or do something together
  • Those two are quite a pair.

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pair

verb

Definition of pair for Students

paired; pairing
1 : to put in or join in a group of two
  • The guests paired off for dancing.
2 : to form a group of two : match
  • This glove doesn't pair with that.


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