pair noun

1 two things the same

ADJ. matching a matching pair of vases | identical

PREP. in a/the ~ Answer one question in each pair. | in ~s These candlesticks only come in pairs. | ~ of a pair of shoes

PHRASES one of a pair one of a pair of crystal vases

2 people who are connected

ADJ. inseparable | good | happy (= a newly married couple) | odd They make an odd pair.

VERB + PAIR match The pair were matched for age. | make I thought they would make a good pair so I arranged for them to meet.

PREP. in a/the ~ The students worked in pairs.

3 male and female animal

ADJ. breeding

PAIR + VERB breed, mate

PREP. ~ of a pair of swans nesting by the river