A pairing is a match between two things or people, like the perfect pairing of chocolate and peanut butter.

Use this noun for two folks who work together as a perfect unit, like the pairing of your baseball team's pitcher and catcher, or two things that seem made for each other, like the classic pairing of grilled cheese and tomato soup. You can also describe the act of sorting people into pairs this way: "Our family's secret Santa pairing meant that I had to buy a gift for my great uncle again."

Definitions of pairing
  1. noun
    the act of grouping things or people in pairs
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    buddy system
    a cooperative practice of pairing two or more people together for mutual assistance or safety (especially in recreational swimming)
    match-up, matchup
    the pairing of people or things as for comparison or competition
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    the activity of putting things together in groups
  2. noun
    the act of pairing a male and female for reproductive purposes
    synonyms: conjugation, coupling, mating, sexual union, union
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    assortative mating
    mating of individuals having more traits in common than likely in random mating
    disassortative mating
    mating of individuals having traits more dissimilar than likely in random mating
    cross, crossbreeding, crossing, hybridisation, hybridization, hybridizing, interbreeding
    (genetics) the act of mixing different species or varieties of animals or plants and thus to produce hybrids
    the act of mating closely related individuals
    service, servicing
    the act of mating by male animals
    dihybrid cross
    hybridization using two traits with two alleles each
    monohybrid cross
    hybridization using a single trait with two alleles (as in Mendel's experiments with garden peas)
    reciprocal, reciprocal cross
    hybridization involving a pair of crosses that reverse the sexes associated with each genotype
    test-cross, testcross
    a cross between an organism whose genotype for a certain trait is unknown and an organism that is homozygous recessive for that trait so the unknown genotype can be determined from that of the offspring
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    sex, sex activity, sexual activity, sexual practice
    activities associated with sexual intercourse
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