au pair

[oh pair]
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, pertaining to, or employed under such an arrangement: an au pair girl.

Origin:
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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au pair (əʊ ˈpɛə, French o pɛr)
 
n
1.  a.  a young foreigner, usually a girl, who undertakes housework in exchange for board and lodging, esp in order to learn the language
 b.  (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
 
vb
3.  (intr) to work as an au pair
 
adv
4.  as an au pair: she worked au pair in Greece
 
[C20: from French: on an equal footing]

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au pair
1897 of the arrangement, 1960 of the girl; from Fr., lit. "on an equal footing."
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Example sentences
The casita is perfect for use as a caretaker, au pair or guest apartment with private parking and entry.
Employment as a physician, au pair, or summer camp worker.
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