Pair - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |per|  American pronunciation of the word pair
Brit.  |peə|  British pronunciation of the word pair


- a set of two similar things considered as a unit (syn: brace)
- two items of the same kind (syn: brace, couple, couplet, distich, duet, duo, dyad, span, twain, twosome, yoke)
- two people considered as a unit
- a poker hand with 2 cards of the same value


- form a pair or pairs (syn: couple, pair off)
The two old friends paired off
- bring two objects, ideas, or people together (syn: couple, match, mate, twin)
The student was paired with a partner for collaboration on the project
- occur in pairs (syn: geminate)
- arrange in pairs (syn: geminate)
- engage in sexual intercourse (syn: copulate, couple, mate)

Extra examples

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

She won with a pair of aces.

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

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

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

Those two kids make quite a pair.

The teacher paired students with partners for the assignment.

The company is run by a pair of brothers.

They will make a lovely pair dancing together.

The pair had a baby, Josh, in August.

Try to pair this card with one exactly the same from the other pack.

She felt as if every pair of eyes in the room was on her.

We have five pairs of free tickets to give away.

The pair are looking for sponsorship from local businesses.

We were each paired with a newcomer to help with training.

Phrasal verbs

pair off  — form a pair or pairs

Word forms

I/you/we/they: pair
he/she/it: pairs
present participle: pairing
past tense: paired
past participle: paired
singular: pair
plural: pairs
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