pair

1 noun plural pairs or pair (C)
1 TROUSERS ETC a single thing made of two similar parts that are joined together: a pair of jeans/trousers/scissors/glasses etc: Go put on a clean pair of jeans. | a new pair of sunglasses
2 SHOES ETC two things of the same kind that are used together: a pair of shoes/socks/gloves etc: three pairs of socks | a pair of candlesticks | a matching pair (=two things that are exactly alike)
3 in pairs in groups of two: OK class, get in pairs for the next activity. | earrings sold in pairs
4 TWO PEOPLE (singular) two people who are standing or doing something together, or are connected with each other in some way
(+ of): a pair of dancers | a pair of scruffy kids
5 the pair of you/them BrE spoken used when you are angry or annoyed: Oh get out, the pair of you. | They're crooks, the pair of them.
6 TWO ANIMALS (singular)
a) two animals, one male and one female, that come together to have sex
(+ of): a pair of doves
b) old use two horses that work together: a carriage and pair
7 I've only got one pair of hands spoken used to say that you are busy and cannot do any more than you are doing
8 CARDS two playing cards which have the same value
(+ of): a pair of jacks
9 the happy pair two people who have just become married
USAGE NOTE: PAIR WORD CHOICE: pair, couple A pair is a set of two things which are joined or normally used together, or two people who work or do something together: a pair of jeans/slippers | drug dealers often work in pairs A couple is two or a few things of the same kind: I've found two/a couple of socks but they aren't a pair. | Can you lend me a couple of dollars (=a few dollars)? Note that two married people or two people in a lasting relationship are a couple not a pair: a childless couple GRAMMAR Things that come in pairs and are joined can only be counted using the word pair, even though they are plural: two pairs of jeans | a pair of glasses (NOT a glasses) | both pairs of scissors Things that come in pairs but are not joined can be counted either in pairs or separately: one shoe | two/both shoes | a pair of shoes 2 also pair up verb (intransitive, transitive usually passive) to form groups of two or be put into groups of two: be paired with sb: We were each paired with a newcomer to help with training. pair off phrasal verb (I, T) to come together or bring two people together to have a romantic relationship: All the others were pairing off and I was left on my own. | pair sb off with sb: They want to pair their daughters off with rich men. pair up phrasal verb (I)
1 to become friends and start to have a relationship
2 to agree to start to work together with someone

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

Synonyms:
(of the same kind or suited to each other), , / , , , / , / ,


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