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[pah-rah, pahr-ah]
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noun, plural pa·ras, pa·ra.
  1. a former copper coin of Turkey, the 40th part of a piaster.

Origin of para1

1680–90; < Turkish < Persian pāra literally, piece


[pah-rah, pahr-ah]
noun, plural pa·ras, pa·ra.
    1. formerly, an aluminum-bronze coin and monetary unit of Yugoslavia, the 100th part of a dinar.
    2. a coin and monetary unit of Macedonia and Serbia, the 100th part of a dinar.

Origin of para2

1905–10; < Serbo-Croatian pàra < Turkish; see para1


adjective Chemistry.
  1. pertaining to or occupying two positions (1, 4) in the benzene ring that are separated by two carbon atoms.Compare ortho, meta2.
  1. para-dichlorobenzene.

Origin of para3

First recorded in 1875–80; independent use of para-1


noun Informal.
  1. a paraprofessional.
  2. a paratrooper.

Origin of para4

First recorded in 1955–60; by shortening of words compounded with para-1, para-3


noun, plural par·as, par·ae [par-ee] /ˈpær i/. Obstetrics.
  1. Also called parity. a woman's status regarding the bearing of viable offspring: usually followed by a Roman numeral designating the number of times the woman has given birth.
  2. the woman herself.
Compare gravida.

Origin of para5

1880–85; extracted from primapara, multipara, etc.
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British Dictionary definitions for parae


  1. a state of N Brazil, on the Atlantic: mostly dense tropical rainforest Capital: Belém. Pop: 6 453 683 (2002). Area: 1 248 042 sq km (474 896 sq miles)
  2. another name for Belém
  3. an estuary in N Brazil into which flow the Tocantins River and a branch of the Amazon. Length: about 320 km (200 miles)


noun plural -ras or -ra
  1. a monetary unit of Serbia worth one hundredth of a dinar; formerly a monetary unit of Yugoslavia

Word Origin

C17: Serbo-Croat, via Turkish from Persian pārah piece, portion


noun informal
    1. a soldier in an airborne unit
    2. an airborne unit
  1. a paragraph


noun plural para
  1. a New Zealand fern, Marattia salicina, with long heavy frondsAlso called: horseshoe fern, king fern

Word Origin

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parae in Medicine


([object Object])
  1. A woman who has given birth to an infant or infants.
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