pa·​ra | \ ˈpär-ə How to pronounce para (audio) \
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 How to pronounce Pará (audio) \

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In para-swimming, world rankings and performances in the most recent world championship meet determine how many slots each country receives. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, 23 June 2021 To learn more about Centro para Emprendedores, go to Melissa Jun Rowley, Forbes, 22 June 2021 At her first para meet, the Bill Keating Jr. Memorial Cincinnati Para Swimming Open on May 12-13, 2018, Hannah Sloan won the 50 breast stroke, the 100 backstroke, and the 200 and 400 freestyle. Edward Lee,, 28 Apr. 2021 Estamos para esribirlos Somos de allá, lo vemos en los periódicos y noticieros en español. Joanna Jacobo Rivera, The Arizona Republic, 23 June 2021 In fact, the roots of para-feminist girlbossery run much deeper. Judy Berman, Time, 17 June 2021 For robustness, the cables are reinforced with para-aramid and are designed to withstand thousands of bending cycles before showing wear or strain. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 11 May 2021 The para-social illusion of eavesdropping on a hangout session between friends that listeners got from the best episodes is gone. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, 20 May 2021 The team of para-commandos are known for free falls, canopy formations and spectacular landings. Arlene Borenstein-zuluaga,, 20 May 2021

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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


combining form

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

: parachute


\ ˈpar-ə How to pronounce para (audio) \
plural paras or parae\ ˈpar-​ˌē How to pronounce para (audio) \

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 How to pronounce para (audio) \

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 How to pronounce para- (audio) \
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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