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
Related formspair·wise, adverbun·paired, adjectivewell-paired, adjective
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.
Definition for pair (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for pair
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|Dave Majumdar|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|M.L. Nestel|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One of them had not been given time to get dressed; he was perp-walked wearing only a pair of boxers.
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|M.L. Nestel|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For Big Eyes, you commissioned a pair of songs by Lana Del Rey.Tim Burton Talks ‘Big Eyes,’ His Taste For the Macabre, and the ‘Beetlejuice’ Sequel|Marlow Stern|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His silken yellow hair fell in heavy curls on a pair of the broadest shoulders in the dale.Erling the Bold|R.M. Ballantyne
Morey had been scanning the horizon with a pair of powerful binoculars.Islands of Space|John W Campbell
Twinkling, shining, expanding, the stars grew into a pair of eyes in the darkness.Camps and Trails|Henry Abbott
Arrived at this point, he tried to draw the skirts of his dressing-gown over a pair of angular knees encased in threadbare felt.Cousin Pons|Honore de Balzac
Another represented the Atkinson barouche, with its pair of horses, coachman and groom.Lafcadio Hearn|Nina H. Kennard
British Dictionary definitions for pair (1 of 2)
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
British Dictionary definitions for pair (2 of 2)
Idioms and Phrases with pair
In addition to the idiom beginning with pair
- pair off
- show one's (a clean pair of) heels