au pair

[ oh pair ]
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  1. a person, usually a young foreign visitor, employed to take care of children, do housework, etc., in exchange for room and board: We sent the children to the beach with the au pair.

  1. of, relating to, or employed under such an arrangement: an au pair girl.

Origin of au pair

First recorded in 1965–70; from French: literally, “equal, even,” referring to the equal exchange of work for room and board; au contraction of à le “at the” + pair “equal” (noun); cf. à la, pair1

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How to use au pair in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for au pair

au pair

/ (əʊ ˈpɛə, French o pɛr) /

    • a young foreigner, usually a girl, who undertakes housework in exchange for board and lodging, esp in order to learn the language

    • (as modifier): an au pair girl

  1. a young person who lives temporarily with a family abroad in exchange for a reciprocal arrangement with his or her own family

  1. (intr) to work as an au pair

  1. as an au pair: she worked au pair in Greece

Origin of au pair

C20: from French: on an equal footing

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