Translation of pair in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /per; peə(r)/


  • 1 1.1 (of shoes, socks, gloves) par (masculine) a pair of trousers unos pantalones, un par de pantalones a pair of scissors unas tijeras a pair of glasses unas gafas, un par de lentes or anteojos (Latin America/América Latina) I've only got one pair of hands solo tengo dos manos you need a sharp pair of eyes tienes que tener vista de lince to show a clean pair of heels poner* pies en polvorosa
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    • Skaters whizzed by in the rink behind them, but nobody moved to put on a pair of four-wheelers and join the throng.
    • There are four main landing gear units fitted in tandem pairs.
    • Whilst I was out, I also bought a couple of pairs of stockings.
    1.2 (in cards) pareja (feminine), par (masculine)
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    • One of my opponents had a pair of aces in her hand.
    • The lowest winning hand can be a single pair, an ace and king, or even a single high card.
    • Well, fate seemed to deny him any runs, pairs or face cards and even any metal implement to do some damage.
  • 2 2.1 (couple) pareja (feminine) the happy pair la feliz pareja a pair of rabbits un casal de conejos the seats were arranged in pairs los asientos estaban colocados de dos en dos or (in Latin America also/en América Latina también) de a dos 2.2
    (pairs plural)
    [Sport/Deporte] dobles (masculine plural)
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    • Sometimes Eileen will work with the children on a one to one basis, other times she will host a session with the children in pairs, so that they can speak and relate to each.
    • In this race everybody goes in pairs and each pair had to get a board and paddle out to a buoy about 10 meters out and back.
    • Players are invited to enter in pairs, although individuals can enter and be paired up on the day.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • [objects] emparejar, formar pares con she was paired with Paul le pusieron a Paul de pareja

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • [Zoology/Zoología] aparearse

Phrasal verbs

pair off

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento [pupils/dancers] poner* en parejas; [objects/words] emparejar, formar pares con my friends tried to pair me off with John mis amigos me quisieron hacer gancho con John [colloquial/familiar] 1.1verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio formar parejas

pair up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento [objects] emparejar, formar pares con each child was paired up with a partner se puso a los niños en parejas 1.1verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio formar parejas

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