noun, plural pairs, pair.
- two members on opposite sides in a deliberative body who for convenience, as to permit absence, arrange together to forgo voting on a given occasion.
- the arrangement thus made.
- two playing cards of the same denomination without regard to suit or color.
- pairs,two card players who are matched together against different contestants.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of pair1
Pair signifying two individuals can take either a singular or plural verb, but it is usually followed by a plural verb and referred to by a plural pronoun: The guilty pair have not been seen since their escape.
In the sense “a set or combination of more than two objects forming a collective whole,” pair occurs chiefly in fixed phrases: a pair of beads; a pair of stairs. This use is now somewhat old-fashioned. See also collective noun, couple.
Related Words for paircombination, duo, couple, two, team, match, marry, mate, combine, twosome, span, yoke, brace, duality, twins, combo, dyad, deuce, doublet, join
Examples from the Web for pair
Contemporary Examples of pair
Oh, and the first press image they released was a pair of black dudes in tracksuits as a troll of sorts to NME.The 14 Best Songs of 2014: Bobby Shmurda, Future Islands, Drake, and More
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It will still carry a pair of Raytheon AIM-120 AMRAAM long-range air-to-air missiles and a pair of bombs.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019
December 31, 2014
Gurley was gunned down on Nov. 20, when a pair of cops was patrolling the rough housing project.Protesters Demand Justice For Gurley As Gap Grows Between Cops and NYC
December 28, 2014
One of them had not been given time to get dressed; he was perp-walked wearing only a pair of boxers.Bobby Shmurda and Rap’s Ultimate Hoop Dream
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They waved down a pair of responding cops who followed the alleged cop killer into the subway.Alleged Cop Killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley Had a Death Wish
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Historical Examples of pair
He was naked save for a linen under shirt and pair of woollen drawers.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
She was young and strong, and surely a pair of willing hands—that was absurd about the uniform.
Here's a woman who came in in a nightgown and pair of slippers.
I'll get a pair of ridin' breeches an' boots for you by tomorrow.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
"We must see about getting you a pair," answered Quicksilver.The Gorgon's Head
noun plural pairs or functioning as singular or plural pair
- two opposed members who both agree not to vote on a specified motion or for a specific period of time
- the agreement so made
- a set with two members
- an ordered set with two members
Word Origin for pair
mid-13c., "two of a kind coupled in use," from Old French paire "pair, couple," and directly from Medieval Latin paria "equals," neuter plural of Latin par (genitive paris) "a pair, counterpart, equal," noun use of par (adj.) "equal, equal-sized, well-matched" (see par (n.)). Originally of things. Of persons from late 14c. Meaning "a woman's breasts" is attested from 1922. Pair bond (v.) is first attested 1940, in reference to birds mating.
"to come together with another; be mated or married" (intransitive), also "to make a pair by matching" (transitive), c.1600, from pair (n.). These senses now often are distinguished by pair off (c.1803) for the former and pair up (1908) for the latter. Related: Paired; pairing.
In addition to the idiom beginning with pair
- pair off
- show one's (a clean pair of) heels