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1 a set of two similar things considered as a unit [syn: brace]
2 two items of the same kind [syn: couple, twosome, twain, brace, span, yoke, couplet, distich, duo, duet, dyad, duad]
3 two people considered as a unit
4 a poker hand with 2 cards of the same value


1 form a pair or pairs; "The two old friends paired off" [syn: pair off, partner off, couple]
2 bring two objects, ideas, or people together; "This fact is coupled to the other one"; "Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man?"; "The student was paired with a partner for collaboration on the project" [syn: match, mate, couple, twin]
3 occur in pairs [syn: geminate]
4 arrange in pairs; "Pair these numbers" [syn: geminate]
5 make love; "Birds mate in the Spring" [syn: copulate, mate, couple]

User Contributed Dictionary





  1. Two similar or identical things taken together.
    I couldn't decide which of the two dresses I preferred, so I bought the pair.
  2. (followed by of) Two; a couple of.
  3. Two people in a relationship, partnership or friendship.
    My wife and I make a great pair.
  4. Used in the names of some objects and garments that have two similar parts or halves.
    a pair of scissors
    a pair of jeans
    but not a pair of cymbals
  5. A score of zero runs (a duck) in both innings of a two-innings match
  6. A double play, two outs recorded in one play
    They turned a pair to end the fifth.
  7. A doubleheader, two games played on the same day between the same teams
    The Pirates took a pair from the Phillies.
  8. A poker hand that contains of two cards of identical rank which cannot also count as a better hand.
  9. - pair (of breasts) - she's got a gorgeous pair.


  • pair (of breasts) - see


two similar or identical things
two people
used in the names of some objects


  1. To put (two people or things) together.

Related terms



  1. to digest



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  1. (number) even



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Latin pirum



Extensive Definition

The word pair, derived via the French words pair/paire from the Latin par 'equal', can refer to:

See also

pair in German: Pair
pair in French: Pair
pair in Dutch: Pair
pair in Japanese: ペア
pair in Portuguese: Par

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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