noun, plural pa·ras, pa·ra.

  1. a former copper coin of Turkey, the 40th part of a piaster.

noun, plural pa·ras, pa·ra.

    1. formerly, an aluminum-bronze coin and monetary unit of Yugoslavia, the 100th part of a dinar.
    2. a coin and monetary unit of Macedonia and Serbia, the 100th part of a dinar.

adjective Chemistry.

  1. pertaining to or occupying two positions (1, 4) in the benzene ring that are separated by two carbon atoms.Compare ortho, meta2.


  1. para-dichlorobenzene.

noun Informal.

  1. a paraprofessional.
  2. a paratrooper.

noun, plural par·as, par·ae [par-ee] /ˈpær i/. Obstetrics.

  1. Also called parity. a woman’s status regarding the bearing of viable offspring: usually followed by a Roman numeral designating the number of times the woman has given birth.
  2. the woman herself.


  1. a state of N Brazil, on the Atlantic: mostly dense tropical rainforest Capital: Belém. Pop: 6 453 683 (2002). Area: 1 248 042 sq km (474 896 sq miles)
  2. another name for Belém
  3. an estuary in N Brazil into which flow the Tocantins River and a branch of the Amazon. Length: about 320 km (200 miles)

noun plural -ras or -ra

  1. a monetary unit of Serbia worth one hundredth of a dinar; formerly a monetary unit of Yugoslavia

noun informal

    1. a soldier in an airborne unit
    2. an airborne unit
  1. a paragraph

noun plural para

  1. a New Zealand fern, Marattia salicina, with long heavy frondsAlso called: horseshoe fern, king fern


  1. A woman who has given birth to an infant or infants.
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