[ pair-bond ]
/ ˈpɛərˌbɒnd /
Animal Behavior

verb (used without object)

(of a mating couple) to form and maintain a pair bond.


Definition for pair-bond (2 of 2)

pair bond

noun Animal Behavior.

a partnership between a mating couple that lasts through one season, serving primarily in the cooperative rearing of young.
the couple that forms such a partnership.

Origin of pair bond

First recorded in 1935–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pair-bond

pair bond


the exclusive relationship formed between a male and a female, esp in some species of animals and birds during courtship and breeding

Derived Forms

pair bonding, noun
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Medicine definitions for pair-bond

pair bond

[ pâr ]


The temporary or permanent association formed between a female and male animal during courtship and mating.
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