Meaning of PAIR in English


I. ˈper noun

( plural pairs or pair )

Etymology: Middle English paire, from Anglo-French, from Latin paria equal things, from neuter plural of par equal

Date: 14th century



(1) : two corresponding things designed for use together

a pair of shoes

(2) : two corresponding bodily parts or members

a pair of hands

b. : something made up of two corresponding pieces

a pair of trousers


a. : two similar or associated things: as

(1) : two mated animals

(2) : a couple in love, engaged, or married

were a devoted pair

(3) : two playing cards of the same value or denomination and especially of the same rank

(4) : two horses harnessed side by side

(5) : two members of a deliberative body that agree not to vote on a specific issue during a time agreed on ; also : an agreement not to vote made by the two members

b. : a partnership especially of two players in a contest against another partnership

3. chiefly dialect : a set or series of small objects (as beads)

II. verb

Date: 1606

transitive verb


a. : to make a pair of — often used with off or up

pair ed off the animals

b. : to cause to be a member of a pair

c. : to arrange a voting pair between

2. : to arrange in pairs

intransitive verb

1. : to constitute a member of a pair

a sock that didn't pair


a. : to become associated with another — often used with off or up

pair ed up with an old friend

b. : to become grouped or separated into pairs — often used with off

pair ed off for the next dance

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.