Spanish word of the week: pareja

la pareja NOUN partner; couple

Pareja is a word that people commonly use to talk about a person who is in a relationship, particularly if they don’t want to specify whether they’re married or not:

tu pareja ideal your ideal partner
Nos presentó a su pareja. She introduced us to her partner.

It’s also used to mean a partner in sports, dancing and so forth:

su pareja habitual de dobles his usual doubles partner

Pareja also refers to both people in the relationship – a couple:

Algunas parejas prefieren no tener hijos. Some couples prefer not to have children.
las parejas casadas married couples
Había muchas parejas mayores bailando. There were lots of older couples dancing.

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