pair Definition

  • 1a set of two things used together or regarded as a unit
  • 2two people who are doing something together or have a particular relationship

Using pair: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "pair" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I need a pair of gloves to keep my hands warm.

  • Example

    The pair of scissors is on the table.

  • Example

    They make a great pair on the dance floor.

  • Example

    The pair of brothers started their own business.

pair Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for pair

Antonyms for pair

Idioms Using pair

  • a pair and a spare

    an extra set of something in case one set is lost or damaged


    When packing for the trip, she always brings a pair and a spare of socks and underwear.

  • someone's ability to help with physical work


    We could use a pair of hands to help us move the furniture.

  • in pairs

    in groups of two


    The students were asked to work in pairs for the project.

Phrases with pair

  • to form pairs or couples, especially for a particular activity


    The students paired off and started practicing their conversation skills.

  • a pair of people who are very different from each other and often do not get along well


    The two roommates were an odd couple, with one being very neat and the other being very messy.

  • two eyes, especially when looking at something carefully


    She examined the painting with a pair of eyes, trying to find any flaws.

Origins of pair

from Old French 'paire', meaning 'pair, couple'


Summary: pair in Brief

The term 'pair' [per] refers to a set of two things or people, often used together or regarded as a unit. It can refer to objects like 'a pair of gloves' or people like 'The pair of brothers.' 'Pair' extends into phrases like 'pair off,' and idioms like 'a pair and a spare,' denoting an extra set of something, and 'a pair of hands,' referring to someone's ability to help with physical work.

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