para

1
[pah-rah, pahr-ah]

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.
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British Dictionary definitions for parae

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

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
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parae in Medicine

para

[părə]

n.

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