a person, usually a young foreign visitor, employed to take care of children, do housework, etc., in exchange for room and board:
We sent the children to the beach with the au pair.
of, relating to, or employed under such an arrangement:
an au pair girl.
Sure, she was more expensive than an au pair, but, we congratulated ourselves, she spoke English and she knew what she was doing.
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au pair—Robin, having maisonette larger than he requires (flower-pot), would like to find another to share it.
Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, March 31, 1920 Various
a young foreigner, usually a girl, who undertakes housework in exchange for board and lodging, esp in order to learn the language
(as modifier): an au pair girl
a young person who lives temporarily with a family abroad in exchange for a reciprocal arrangement with his or her own family
(intransitive) to work as an au pair
as an au pair: she worked au pair in Greece
1897 of the arrangement, 1960 of the girl; French, literally “on an equal footing” (see pair (n.)).
- Au naturel
in the natural state. naked; nude. cooked plainly. ; uncooked. Contemporary Examples Marmur says—”au naturel” being a relative term in Manhattan. The One Good Thing Michele Bachmann Did: Proudly Blurt Out Her Age Judith Newman January 7, 2012 Here we see an au naturel Moore, bra-less in faded rock T-shirts and vowel-mangling California accent. Julianne […]
- Au revoir
until we see each other again; goodbye for the present. Contemporary Examples Tracy McNicoll on how Francois Hollande said au revoir to former president Sarkozy. François Hollande Sworn in as French President Tracy McNicoll May 14, 2012 Historical Examples The doctors grinned sardonic disgust; intimated that a serious danger was threatening society, and hinted an […]
- Au vol
a cry used to encourage a hawk to fly.
American Unitarian Association. Historical Examples The dehortative and cautionary particles kaua, aua, kei, belong strictly to the imperative. Grammar of the New Zealand language (2nd edition) Robert Maunsell For directing the sledge the following words are used: aua, aua! The Central Eskimo Franz Boas Ear, ochtauakay (ch guttural; aua separated; kay German, with the rest […]