para

1
[pah-rah, pahr-ah]
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noun, plural pa·ras, pa·ra.

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

Origin of para

1
1680–90; < Turkish < Persian pāra literally, piece

para

2
[pah-rah, pahr-ah]

noun, plural pa·ras, pa·ra.

  1. formerly, an aluminum-bronze coin and monetary unit of Yugoslavia, the 100th part of a dinar.
  2. a coin and monetary unit of Macedonia and Serbia, the 100th part of a dinar.

Origin of para

2
1905–10; < Serbo-Croatian pàra < Turkish; see para1

para

3
[par-uh]

adjective Chemistry.

pertaining to or occupying two positions (1, 4) in the benzene ring that are separated by two carbon atoms.Compare ortho, meta2.

noun

Origin of para

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

para

4
[par-uh]

noun Informal.

a paraprofessional.
a paratrooper.

Origin of para

4
First recorded in 1955–60; by shortening of words compounded with para-1, para-3

para

5
[par-uh]

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
1880–85; extracted from primapara, multipara, etc.

Pará

[pah-rah]

noun

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

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

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

para-

3

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

Para.

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Examples from the Web for para

Contemporary Examples of para

Historical Examples of para

  • Our passage from Para was good until the brig reached the latitude of Bermuda.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The dearest events are summer-rain, and we the Para coats that shed every drop.

    Essays, Second Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • In the neighbourhood of Para alone seven hundred species have been found.

    The Western World

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Eight days later her men were rescued by the "City of Para."

  • A minute Turkish coin in accounts, of which three go to a para.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth



British Dictionary definitions for para

para

1

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

para

2

noun informal

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

para

3

noun plural para

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

Word Origin for para

Māori

Pará

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)

para-

1

before a vowel par-

prefix

beside; nearparameter; parathyroid
beyondparapsychology
resemblingparamnesia
defective; abnormalparaesthesia
subsidiary toparaphysis
(usually in italics) denoting that an organic compound contains a benzene ring with substituents attached to atoms that are directly opposite across the ring (the 1,4- positions)paradinitrobenzene; para- cresol Abbreviation: p- Compare ortho- (def. 4), meta- (def. 4)
denoting an isomer, polymer, or compound related to a specified compoundparaldehyde; paracasein
denoting the form of a diatomic substance in which the spins of the two constituent atoms are antiparallelparahydrogen Compare ortho- (def. 6)

Word Origin for para-

from Greek para (prep) alongside, beyond

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
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Word Origin and History for para

para-

2

word-forming element meaning "defense, protection against; that which protects from," from Italian para, imperative of parare "to ward off," from Latin parare "make ready" (see pare).

para-

1

before vowels, par-, word-forming element meaning "alongside, beyond; altered; contrary; irregular, abnormal," from Greek para- from para (prep.) "beside, near, issuing from, against, contrary to," from PIE *prea, from root *per- (1) "forward, through" (see per). Cognate with Old English for- "off, away."

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Medicine definitions for para

para

[părə]

n.

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

para-

pref.

Beside; near; alongside:paranucleus.
Beyond:parapsychology.
Incorrect; abnormal:paradipsia.
Similar to; resembling:paratyphoid.
Subsidiary; assistant:paramedical.
Isomeric; polymeric:paraldehyde.
A diatomic molecule in which the nuclei have opposite spin directions:parahydrogen.
Of or relating to one of three possible isomers of a benzene ring with two attached chemical groups in which the carbon atoms with attached groups are separated by two unsubstituted carbon atoms. Usually in italic:para-bromoiodobenzene.
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