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

  • n. See Table at currency.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. very drunk
  • n. Formerly, a subunit of currency in several countries in the Ottoman/Turkish and Yugoslav regions.
  • n. A woman who has had a certain number of pregnancies, indicated by the number prepended to this word.
  • n. A paragraph.
  • n. A paratrooper.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A piece of Turkish money, usually copper, the fortieth part of a piaster, or about one ninth of a cent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A coin of the Turkish dominions, struck in silver and in copper, and current from the end of the seventeenth century.
  • n. (pä′ rä). In the East Indies, a measure of capacity (at Bombay 3⅓ bushels); also, a measure of weight (at Ceylon from 30 to 50 pounds, according to the commodity, as coffee, pepper, rice, etc.).
  • n. A prefix of Greek origin, meaning ‘from beside,’ ‘beside,’ ‘near,’ ‘by,’ etc. See etymology.
  • n. A copper coin of Servia (one centime).
  • n. An abbreviation of Paraguay.

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

  • n. (obstetrics) the number of liveborn children a woman has delivered
  • n. 100 para equal 1 dinar in Yugoslavia
  • n. port city in northern Brazil in the Amazon delta; main port and commercial center for the Amazon River basin
  • n. a soldier in the paratroops
  • n. an estuary in northern Brazil into which the Tocantins River flows


Serbo-Croatian, from Turkish, from Persian parāh, piece, para.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
The second part of words such as primipara and multipara (Wiktionary)
Shortened from paragraph (Wiktionary)
Shortened from paratrooper (Wiktionary)
Shortened from paralytic (Wiktionary)



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  • Seven independent derivations in English:

    1) Turkish coin (from Persian pãra)

    2) short for Para rubber (from Pará, Brazil)

    3) a large tropical evergreen fern, Marattia fraxinea (Maori, para)

    4) the hog deer, Axis porcinus (native name in India)

    5) short for paragraph (from Greek para-)

    6) short for paratrooper (from Latin parare)

    7) a woman who has given birth to a given number of children (from Latin parus).

    April 1, 2009

  • For; in order to. Not to be confused with por.

    December 2, 2007