Origin of pairing
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 pairingmarry, mate, combine, join, wed, couple, unite, twin, bracket, yoke, team, balance, match
Examples from the Web for pairing
Contemporary Examples of pairing
But as perfect a pairing as Trophy Wife was with Modern Family, black-ish is, too.‘black-ish’ Is the New ‘Modern Family’
October 1, 2014
And so it is with admiration and understanding that we are still violently furious over the pairing of Joey and Rachel.15 Times ‘Friends’ Was Really, Really Weird
September 18, 2014
What's new, then, is the pairing of unhappy truths with sweet kisses and saccharine confessions.Young Adult Novel Adaptations Put Mainstream Blockbusters to Shame
June 14, 2014
One signal was the 2011 show at Helly Nahmad, New York pairing Soutine and Bacon and curated by Maurice Tuchman and Esti Dunow.The Art World’s New Gang War
May 1, 2014
Like a savant, he navigates us through a tasting of three French beers, finished off by a pairing with 18-month-old comté cheese.Look Out! There’s a Craft-Beer Revolution Taking Over France
December 2, 2013
Historical Examples of pairing
Now, I beseech you, do tell me, have you ever attended to their pairing and breeding?The Republic
Your custom of pairing is not what you call 'urbane' on this world.The Galaxy Primes
Edward Elmer Smith
“When I was pairing them off so nicely, without their knowledge,” added the girl.That Girl Montana
Marah Ellis Ryan
But wait for the pairing; and the extravagant becomes reasonable.The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles
Jean Henri Fabre
Well I rather thought of pairing with one of the Ulster fellows.
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