Each week of National Poetry Month, Eliza Griswold will be selecting a new poem and pairing it with a classic.
And so it is with admiration and understanding that we are still violently furious over the pairing of Joey and Rachel.
Like a savant, he navigates us through a tasting of three French beers, finished off by a pairing with 18-month-old comté cheese.
mid-13c., "two of a kind coupled in use," from Old French paire "pair, couple," and directly from Medieval Latin paria "equals," neuter plural of Latin par (genitive paris) "a pair, counterpart, equal," noun use of par (adj.) "equal, equal-sized, well-matched" (see par (n.)). Originally of things. Of persons from late 14c. Meaning "a woman's breasts" is attested from 1922. Pair bond (v.) is first attested 1940, in reference to birds mating.
"to come together with another; be mated or married" (intransitive), also "to make a pair by matching" (transitive), c.1600, from pair (n.). These senses now often are distinguished by pair off (c.1803) for the former and pair up (1908) for the latter. Related: Paired; pairing.
A woman's breasts •Regarded as offensive by many women (1922+)