para

1
[ pah-rah, pahr-ah ]
/ pɑˈrɑ, ˈpɑr ɑ /

noun, plural pa·ras, pa·ra.

a coin and monetary unit of Macedonia and Serbia, the 100th part of a dinar.
formerly, a coin and monetary unit of Yugoslavia, the 100th part of a dinar.

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Origin of para

1
First recorded in 1905–10; from Serbo-Croatian pàra, from Turkish; see para2

Definition for para (2 of 10)

para2
[ pah-rah, pahr-ah ]
/ pɑˈrɑ, ˈpɑr ɑ /

noun, plural pa·ras, pa·ra.

a former copper coin of Turkey, the 40th part of a piaster.

Origin of para

2
First recorded in1680–90; from Turkish, from Persian pāra, literally, “piece”

Definition for para (3 of 10)

para3
[ par-uh ]
/ ˈpær ə /

adjective Chemistry.

pertaining to or occupying two positions (1, 4) in the benzene ring that are separated by two carbon atoms.Compare ortho, meta3.

noun

Origin of para

3
First recorded in 1875–80; independent use of para-1

Definition for para (4 of 10)

para4
[ par-uh ]
/ ˈpær ə /

noun Informal.

Origin of para

4
By shortening of words compounded with para-1, para-3

Definition for para (5 of 10)

para5
[ par-uh ]
/ ˈpær ə /

noun, plural par·as, par·ae [par-ee]. /ˈpær i/. Obstetrics.

Also called parity . a woman's status regarding the bearing of viable offspring: usually followed by a Roman numeral designating the number of times the woman has given birth.
the woman herself.
Compare gravida.

Origin of para

5
First recorded in 1880–85; extracted from primipara, multipara, etc.

Definition for para (6 of 10)

para-1

a prefix appearing in loanwords from Greek, most often attached to verbs and verbal derivatives, with the meanings “at or to one side of, beside, side by side” (parabola; paragraph; parallel; paralysis), “beyond, past, by” (paradox; paragogue); by extension from these senses, this prefix came to designate objects or activities auxiliary to or derivative of that denoted by the base word (parody; paronomasia), and hence abnormal or defective (paranoia), a sense now common in modern scientific coinages (parageusia; paralexia). As an English prefix, para-1 may have any of these senses; it is also productive in the naming of occupational roles considered ancillary or subsidiary to roles requiring more training, or of a higher status, on such models as paramedical and paraprofessional: paralegal; paralibrarian; parapolice.
Chemistry. a combining form designating the para (1, 4) position in the benzene ring. Abbreviation: p-.Compare meta- (def. 4b), ortho- (def. 2b).
Also especially before a vowel, par- .

Origin of para-

1
<Greek para-, combining form representing pará (preposition) beside, alongside of, by, beyond

Definition for para (7 of 10)

para-2

a combining form meaning “guard against,” occurring in loanwords from French, or, via French, from Italian: parachute; parasol.

Origin of para-

2
<French <Italian para, 3rd singular present of parare to prepare against, ward off <Latin parāre to prepare

Definition for para (8 of 10)

para-3

a combining form extracted from parachute, forming compounds denoting persons or things utilizing parachutes or landed by parachute: paradrop; paradoctor; paraglider; paratrooper.

Definition for para (9 of 10)

Pará
[ pah-rah ]
/ pɑˈrɑ /

noun

an estuary in N Brazil: an arm of the Amazon. 200 miles (320 km) long; 40 miles (65 km) wide.

Definition for para (10 of 10)

Para.

Paraguay.
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British Dictionary definitions for para (1 of 6)

para1
/ (ˈpɑːrə) /

noun plural -ras or -ra

a monetary unit of Serbia worth one hundredth of a dinar; formerly a monetary unit of Yugoslavia

Word Origin for para

C17: Serbo-Croat, via Turkish from Persian pārah piece, portion

British Dictionary definitions for para (2 of 6)

para2
/ (ˈpærə) /

noun informal

  1. a soldier in an airborne unit
  2. an airborne unit
a paragraph

British Dictionary definitions for para (3 of 6)

para3
/ (ˈpɑːrɑː) /

noun plural para

a New Zealand fern, Marattia salicina, with long heavy frondsAlso called: horseshoe fern, king fern

Word Origin for para

Māori

British Dictionary definitions for para (4 of 6)

para-1

before a vowel par-


prefix

Word Origin for para-

from Greek para (prep) alongside, beyond

British Dictionary definitions for para (5 of 6)

para-2

combining form

indicating an object that acts as a protection against somethingparachute; parasol

Word Origin for para-

via French from Italian para-, from parare to defend, shield against, ultimately from Latin parāre to prepare

British Dictionary definitions for para (6 of 6)

Pará
/ (Portuguese paˈra) /

noun

a state of N Brazil, on the Atlantic: mostly dense tropical rainforest Capital: Belém. Pop: 6 453 683 (2002). Area: 1 248 042 sq km (474 896 sq miles)
another name for Belém
an estuary in N Brazil into which flow the Tocantins River and a branch of the Amazon. Length: about 320 km (200 miles)
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Medical definitions for para (1 of 3)

para
[ părə ]

n.

A woman who has given birth to an infant or infants.

Medical definitions for para (2 of 3)

para-

pref.

Medical definitions for para (3 of 3)

-para

suff.

A woman who has given birth to a specified number of children:multipara.
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