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au pair

[oh pair] /oʊ ˈpɛər/
noun
1.
a person, usually a young foreign visitor, employed to take care of children, do housework, etc., in exchange for room and board:
We sent the children to the beach with the au pair.
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or employed under such an arrangement:
an au pair girl.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70; < French, literally, equal, even (au contraction of à le at the + pair equal (noun); cf. pair), referring to the equal exchange of work for room and board
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British Dictionary definitions for au pair

au pair

/əʊ ˈpɛə; French o pɛr/
noun
1.
  1. a young foreigner, usually a girl, who undertakes housework in exchange for board and lodging, esp in order to learn the language
  2. (as modifier): an au pair girl
2.
a young person who lives temporarily with a family abroad in exchange for a reciprocal arrangement with his or her own family
verb
3.
(intransitive) to work as an au pair
adverb
4.
as an au pair: she worked au pair in Greece
Word Origin
C20: from French: on an equal footing
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Word Origin and History for au pair
n.

1897 of the arrangement, 1960 of the girl; French, literally "on an equal footing" (see pair (n.)).

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