Definition and Meanings for pair

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Pair is ranked 7,798 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of pair

noun, intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, transitive verb

Etymology of pair

f. paire, ll. paria, l. paria, pl. of par pair, fr. par, adj., equal. cf. apparel, par equality, peer an equal see impair

Meaning of pair


as noun

  • a number of things resembling one another, or belonging together; a set; as, a pair or flight of stairs. pair of beads.chaucer. beau. & fl. pair of stairs.macaulay. [now mostly or quite disused.]
  • two things of a kind, similar in form, suited to each other, and intended to be used together; as, a pair of gloves or stockings; a pair of shoes.
  • two of a sort; a span; a yoke; a couple; a brace; as, a pair of horses; a pair of oxen.
  • a married couple; a man and wife.
  • a single thing, composed of two pieces fitted to each other and used together; as, a pair of scissors; a pair of pants; a pair of tongs; a pair of bellows.
  • two members of opposite parties or opinion, as in a parliamentary body, who mutually agree not to vote on a given question (in order, for example, to allow the members to be absent during the vote without affecting the outcome of the vote), or on issues of a party nature during a specified time; as, there were two pairs on the final vote.
  • in a mechanism, two elements, or bodies, which are so applied to each other as to mutually constrain relative motion.

as intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • to be joined in pairs; to couple; to mate, as for breeding.
  • to suit; to fit, as a counterpart.
  • same as to pair off. see phrase below.

as noun


    as transitive verb

    • to unite in couples; to form a pair of; to bring together, as things which belong together, or which complement, or are adapted to one another.
    • to engage (one's self) with another of opposite opinions not to vote on a particular question or class of questions.

    as transitive verb

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