Au Pair Definition

ô pâr
A young foreigner who does domestic work for a family in exchange for room and board and a chance to learn the family's language.
American Heritage
A young person from another country, typically a young woman, who agrees to live with a family and help with child-care duties, housework, etc. in exchange for room and board.
Webster's New World

A single girl (or, rarely, a boy) who helps a host family with childcare and/or housework while staying as a guest with a host family and generally receiving a small allowance (pocket money)


Other Word Forms of Au Pair


au pair

Origin of Au Pair

  • French au at the pair equal

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from French être au pair

    From Wiktionary

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