par·​ing ˈper-iŋ How to pronounce paring (audio)
: the act of cutting away an edge or surface
: something pared off
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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Students quickly mastered the dishes and celebrated their success with a wine paring at a communal table. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 4 Oct. 2022 There is necessary paring down of this vast saga, limiting the number of characters. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 16 Sep. 2022 The more enduring change in rate expectations following Powell’s speech was further paring of bets that the Fed’s policy rate, after peaking in March at around 3.80%, will decline by year-end. Fortune, 28 Aug. 2022 Chef’s at a minimum; gold star each for a serrated and a paring. Emma Laperruque, Bon Appétit, 1 Aug. 2022 But the story of the Light Phone also illustrates the backsliding familiar to anyone who’s attempted a digital paring down—the way features, almost on their own, creep back into the picture. Wired, 28 July 2022 Some on the board in recent months had taken an activist mind-set with management to push for a more radical paring back of the investment bank, according to a person familiar with the bank. Margot Patrick, WSJ, 27 July 2022 The paring down is intensified by the handling of the lines of Anya Reiss’ fleet and extremely playable version of Chekhov. David Benedict, Variety, 8 July 2022 Such changes, however, aren’t expected to lead to a paring back of Mr. Xi’s expansion of the state’s role in the economy or to enhance China’s engagement with the West. Lingling Wei, WSJ, 11 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of paring was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Paring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


: the act of cutting away an edge or surface
: something pared off
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