What does PAIR mean?

Definitions for PAIRpɛər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word PAIR.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pair, brace(noun)

    a set of two similar things considered as a unit

  2. couple, pair, twosome, twain, brace, span, yoke, couplet, distich, duo, duet, dyad, duad(noun)

    two items of the same kind

  3. pair(noun)

    two people considered as a unit

  4. pair(verb)

    a poker hand with 2 cards of the same value

  5. pair, pair off, partner off, couple(verb)

    form a pair or pairs

    "The two old friends paired off"

  6. match, mate, couple, pair, twin(verb)

    bring two objects, ideas, or people together

    "This fact is coupled to the other one"; "Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man?"; "The student was paired with a partner for collaboration on the project"

  7. pair, geminate(verb)

    occur in pairs

  8. pair, geminate(verb)

    arrange in pairs

    "Pair these numbers"

  9. copulate, mate, pair, couple(verb)

    engage in sexual intercourse

    "Birds mate in the Spring"


  1. pair(Noun)

    Two similar or identical things taken together; often followed by of.

    I couldn't decide which of the pair of designer shirts I preferred, so I bought the pair.

  2. pair(Noun)

    Two people in a relationship, partnership (especially sexual) or friendship.

    Spouses should make a great pair.

  3. pair(Noun)

    Used with binary nouns (often in the plural to indicate multiple instances, since such nouns are plurale tantum)

  4. pair(Noun)

    A couple of working animals attached to work together, as by a yoke.

    A pair is harder to drive than two mounts with separate riders.

  5. pair(Noun)

    A poker hand that contains of two cards of identical rank, which cannot also count as a better hand.

  6. pair(Noun)

    A score of zero runs (a duck) in both innings of a two-innings match

  7. pair(Noun)

    A double play, two outs recorded in one play

    They turned a pair to end the fifth.

  8. pair(Noun)

    A doubleheader, two games played on the same day between the same teams

    The Pirates took a pair from the Phillies.

  9. pair(Noun)

    A pair of breasts

    She's got a gorgeous pair.

  10. pair(Verb)

    To bring two (animals, notably dogs) together for mating.

    The wedding guests were paired boy-girl and groom's party-bride's party

  11. pair(Verb)

    To group into sets of two.

    The wedding guests were paired boy-girl and groom's party-bride's party

  12. pair(Noun)

    The exclusion of one member of a parliamentary party from a vote, if a member of the other party is absent for important personal reasons.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pair(noun)

    a number of things resembling one another, or belonging together; a set; as, a pair or flight of stairs. "A pair of beads." Chaucer. Beau. & Fl. "Four pair of stairs." Macaulay. [Now mostly or quite disused, except as to stairs.]

  2. Pair(noun)

    two things of a kind, similar in form, suited to each other, and intended to be used together; as, a pair of gloves or stockings; a pair of shoes

  3. Pair(noun)

    two of a sort; a span; a yoke; a couple; a brace; as, a pair of horses; a pair of oxen

  4. Pair(noun)

    a married couple; a man and wife

  5. Pair(noun)

    a single thing, composed of two pieces fitted to each other and used together; as, a pair of scissors; a pair of tongs; a pair of bellows

  6. Pair(noun)

    two members of opposite parties or opinion, as in a parliamentary body, who mutually agree not to vote on a given question, or on issues of a party nature during a specified time; as, there were two pairs on the final vote

  7. Pair(noun)

    in a mechanism, two elements, or bodies, which are so applied to each other as to mutually constrain relative motion

  8. Pair(verb)

    to be joined in paris; to couple; to mate, as for breeding

  9. Pair(verb)

    to suit; to fit, as a counterpart

  10. Pair(verb)

    same as To pair off. See phrase below

  11. Pair(verb)

    to unite in couples; to form a pair of; to bring together, as things which belong together, or which complement, or are adapted to one another

  12. Pair(verb)

    to engage (one's self) with another of opposite opinions not to vote on a particular question or class of questions

  13. Pair(verb)

    to impair

  14. Origin: [See Impair.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pair

    pār, v.t. (Spens.) to impair.

  2. Pair

    pār, n. two things equal, or suited to each other, or used together: a set of two equal or like things forming one instrument, as a pair of scissors, tongs, &c., a set of like things generally: in building, a flight of stairs: a couple: a man and his wife: two members of a legislative body, holding opposite opinions, who agree with each other to abstain from voting for a certain time, so as to permit one or both to be absent.—v.t. to join in couples.—v.i. to be joined in couples: to fit as a counterpart.—adj. Paired, arranged in pairs: set by twos of a like kind: mated.—ns. Pair′ing, an agreement between two members of a legislative body holding opposite opinions to refrain from voting, so that both may absent themselves; Pair′ing-time, the time when birds go together in pairs; Pair′-roy′al, three cards of the same denomination, esp. in cribbage.—adv. Pair′-wise, in pairs.—Pair of colours, two flags carried by a regiment, one the national ensign, the other the flag of the regiment; Pair off (see Pairing above). [Fr. paire, a couple—pair, like—L. par, equal.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PAIR' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1814

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PAIR' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1305

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PAIR' in Nouns Frequency: #585


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of PAIR in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of PAIR in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Thomas W. Higginson:

    Originality is simply a pair of fresh eyes.

  2. Barbara Melser Lieberman:

    Anyone with more than 365 pair of shoes is a pig.

  3. Yogi Berra:

    You guys over there, pair up into groups of three.

  4. Italian Proverb:

    Between saying and doing many a pair of shoes is worn out.

  5. Italian Proverb:

    Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out.

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