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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, pertaining 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

au pair

n.

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

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