Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A young foreigner who does domestic work for a family in exchange for room and board and a chance to learn the family's language.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A single girl (or, rarely, a boy) who helps a host family with childcare and/or housework while staying as a guest with a host family and generally receiving a small allowance (or pocket money)

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a young foreigner who lives with a family in return for doing light housework

Etymologies

French : au, at the + pair, equal.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French au pair (Wiktionary)

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