(1)   A poker hand with 2 cards of the same value
(2)   Two people considered as a unit
(3)   A set of two similar things considered as a unit
(4)   Two items of the same kind


(5)   Bring two objects, ideas, or people together
"This fact is coupled to the other one"
"Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man?"
"The student was paired with a partner for collaboration on the project"
(6)   Make love
"Birds mate in the Spring"
(7)   Arrange in pairs
"Pair these numbers"
(8)   Occur in pairs
(9)   Form a pair or pairs
"The two old friends paired off"


  1. Two similar or identical things taken together; often followed by of.
    I couldn't decide which of the pair of designer shirts I preferred, so I bought the pair.
  2. Two people in a relationship, partnership (especially sexual) or friendship.
    Spouses should make a great pair.
  3. Used in the plurale tantum names of some garments and other symmetrical objects that have two similar parts or complementary halves.
    a pair of scissors; a pair of spectacles; a pair of jeans
    but not a pair of cymbals
  4. A couple of working animals attached to work together, as by a yoke.
    A pair is harder to drive then two mounts with separate riders.
  5. A poker hand that contains of two cards of identical rank, which cannot also count as a better hand.
  6. A score of zero runs (a duck) in both innings of a two-innings match
  7. A double play, two outs recorded in one play
    They turned a pair to end the fifth.
  8. A doubleheader, two games played on the same day between the same teams
    The Pirates took a pair from the Phillies.
  9. A pair of breasts
    She's got a gorgeous pair.


  1. To put two (people, sets or things) together.

  1. The wedding guests were paired boy-girl and groom's party-bride's party
  2. To bring two (animals, notably dogs) together for mating.