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Au pair

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.
Contemporary Examples

Sure, she was more expensive than an au pair, but, we congratulated ourselves, she spoke English and she knew what she was doing.
Kate Hired a Spanish Nanny And Who Can Blame Her? English Nannies Suck Tom Sykes March 13, 2014

Historical Examples

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.)).


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