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Meaning & Definition of Pair in English

English

Pair

/pɛr/

noun

1. A set of two similar things considered as a unit

    synonym:
  • pair
  • ,
  • brace

2. Two items of the same kind

    synonym:
  • couple
  • ,
  • pair
  • ,
  • twosome
  • ,
  • twain
  • ,
  • brace
  • ,
  • span
  • ,
  • yoke
  • ,
  • couplet
  • ,
  • distich
  • ,
  • duo
  • ,
  • duet
  • ,
  • dyad
  • ,
  • duad

3. Two people considered as a unit

    synonym:
  • pair

4. A poker hand with 2 cards of the same value

    synonym:
  • pair

verb

1. Form a pair or pairs

  • "The two old friends paired off"
    synonym:
  • pair
  • ,
  • pair off
  • ,
  • partner off
  • ,
  • couple

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • match
  • ,
  • mate
  • ,
  • couple
  • ,
  • pair
  • ,
  • twin

3. Occur in pairs

    synonym:
  • pair
  • ,
  • geminate

4. Arrange in pairs

  • "Pair these numbers"
    synonym:
  • pair
  • ,
  • geminate

5. Engage in sexual intercourse

  • "Birds mate in the spring"
    synonym:
  • copulate
  • ,
  • mate
  • ,
  • pair
  • ,
  • couple

Examples of using

Tom took off his shoes and put on a pair of slippers.
The doctor tore his tooth away with a pair of tongs.
Do you have a pair of scissors?