pa·​ra | \ˈpär-ə \
plural paras or para

Definition of para 

(Entry 1 of 6)

1a : any of several monetary units of the Turkish Empire

b : a coin representing one para

2 [ Serbian & Croatian, from Turkish ] — see dinar at Money Table

Definition of para (Entry 2 of 6)


variants: or par-

Definition of para- (Entry 3 of 6)

1 : beside : alongside of : beyond : aside from parathyroid parenteral

2a : closely related to paraldehyde

b : involving substitution at or characterized by two opposite positions in the benzene ring that are separated by two carbon atoms paradichlorobenzene

3a : faulty : abnormal paresthesia

b : associated in a subsidiary or accessory capacity paramedical

c : closely resembling : almost paratyphoid

Definition of para- (Entry 4 of 6)

: parachute paratrooper

plural -paras or -parae

Definition of -para (Entry 5 of 6)

: woman delivered of (so many) children primipara


geographical name
Pa·​rá | \pə-ˈrä \

Definition of Pará (Entry 6 of 6)

1 river 200 miles (322 kilometers) long in northern Brazil constituting the eastern mouth of the Amazon

2 state of northern Brazil on the Atlantic and south of the Amazon; capital Belém area 481,836 square miles (1,247,955 square kilometers), population 7,581,051

3 — see belém

Examples of para in a Sentence

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Mañana van a tumbar la puerta de mi casa para meterme en la carcel. Judy Cantor-navas, Billboard, "Spanish Rapper Valtonyc Reportedly Flees Country to Avoid Prison Sentence For Lyrics 'Glorifying Terrorism'," 24 May 2018 Había regresado a casa para buscar empleo, dijo su madre, Kim Wright. Erika Pasantes Y John Maines, El Sentinel, "Tendencia mortal: Textear y manejar. Aumentan accidentes," 6 Feb. 2018 Alegó, además, que modificar las actas de defunción para no divulgar información sensitiva no procedía pues sería crear un documento nuevo, lo cual no está comprendido en el derecho constitucional que se reclama. CBS News, "Puerto Rico ordered to release hurricane-related death data," 5 June 2018 Resgatar algumas histórias que vivi, o que aprendi nestes meus 37 anos, assim como os valores e as ferramentas que me guiaram para chegar onde cheguei tem sido uma experiência profunda e transformadora. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Gisele Bündchen Is Writing a Book on How to Live Like Gisele Bündchen," 21 Mar. 2018 Musteen, now the museum’s chief of exhibit production, recruited Roper to leverage his scientific connections at the Coordinadora para el Estudio y la Protección de las Especies Marinas, the institution that had taken charge of the new female squid. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Operation Calamari: How the Smithsonian Got Its Giant Squids," 21 June 2018 En unas horas volamos a Sochi para medirnos a @selecaoportugal en nuestro debut en #Rusia2018., "World Cup Preview: Portugal vs Spain - Recent Form, Predictions, Team News & More," 14 June 2018 Gangs are not exclusively male however, and female members convicted of crimes end up in prisons such as Centro de Readaptación para Mujeres, in Ilopango, central El Salvador. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "Gangs in El Salvador are using women's bodies for 'revenge and control'," 14 June 2018 Quiero agradecer también a mis compañeros que se encargaron de hacer todo lo posible para que me sienta bien y que no pase un día tan doloroso., "Liverpool Were Reportedly Eyeing Summer Move for West Ham Star Before Cruel Knee Injury Struck," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of para


1687, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for para


Turkish, from Persian pāra, literally, piece, scrap


Greek, from para; akin to Greek pro before — more at for

Combining form

extracted from parachute entry 1

Noun combining form

Latin, from parere to give birth to — more at pare

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English Language Learners Definition of para-

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: beyond or outside of

: helping highly trained professionals by doing tasks that require less training

English Language Learners Definition of para- (Entry 2 of 2)

: parachute


\ˈpar-ə \
plural paras or parae\ ˈpar-​ˌē \

Medical Definition of para 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: a woman delivered of a specified number of children used in combination with a term or figure to indicate the number multiparaa 36-year-old para 5 — compare gravida


\ˈpar-ə \

Medical Definition of para (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : relating to, characterized by, or being two positions in the benzene ring that are separated by two carbon atoms

2 : of, relating to, or being a diatomic molecule (as of hydrogen) in which the nuclei of the atoms are spinning in opposite directions


\ˌpar-ə, ˈpar-ə \
variants: or par-

Medical Definition of para- (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : closely related to paraldehyde

2 : involving substitution at or characterized by two opposite positions in the benzene ring that are separated by two carbon atoms paradichlorobenzene abbreviation p- — compare meta- sense 2, orth- sense 2

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