Definition of paren in US English:

paren

noun

usually parens
Printing
  • A parenthesis.

    • ‘When I'm editing a Perl script it adds the tags and checks the parens.’
    • ‘Here is their 9 point charter (comments in parens).’

Origin

Early 20th century: abbreviation of parenthesis.

Pronunciation

paren

/pəˈren/