- The definition of fair is someone or something that is light in color, attractive, honest or clear and sunny.
- An example of fair is blonde hair.
- An example of fair is a beautiful woman.
- An example of fair is an unbiased judge.
- An example of fair is a day full of sunshine.
A woman with fair hair.
fair definition by Webster's New World
- attractive; beautiful; lovely
- unblemished; clean: a fair name
Origin: < notion that light coloring was desirablelight in color; blond: fair hair
- clear and sunny; free from storm or the threat of storm
- easy to read; clear: a fair hand
- just and honest; impartial; unprejudiced; specif., free from discrimination based on race, religion, sex, etc.: fair employment practices, fair housing
- according to the rules: a fair blow
- likely; promising; advantageous: he is in a fair way to make money
- pleasant and courteous
- favorable; helpful: a fair wind
- of moderately good size: a fair fortune
- neither very bad nor very good; average: in fair condition
- apparently favorable but really false; specious: fair words
- Archaic without obstacles; clear and open: a fair road
- Baseball of or having to do with the part of the field on or between the foul lines, including home plate
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English fæger, akin to fain, Gothic fagrs, apt, fit ; from Indo-European base an unverified form pek-, to be content, make (something) pretty from source Lithuanian púošiu, to ornament
- Obsolete beauty
- Archaic a woman
- Archaic something fair, or good
- in a fair manner
- straight; squarely: struck fair in the face
- Baseball in or into the part of the field that is on or between the foul lines, including home plate
- fairness noun
- Historical a gathering of people held at regular intervals for barter and sale of goods
- a festival or carnival where there is entertainment and things are sold, often for charity; bazaar
- an event consisting of a usually competitive exhibition of livestock, handicrafts, garden produce, etc. plus amusement facilities and educational displays
- world's fair
- any of various shows or conventions on a particular theme, typically consisting of booths, educational exhibits, vendors, etc.: usually in combination: science fair, book fair
Origin: Middle English feire ; from Old French ; from Midieval Latin feria ; from Late Latin holiday (in Ecclesiastical Late Latin weekday) ; from Classical Latin feriae, plural , festivals ; from Old Latin fesiae, akin to Classical Latin festus (see feast) ; from Indo-European base an unverified form dhēs-, used in religious terms from source Oscan fíísnu, temple, Armenian dikʼ, gods
fair definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective fair·er, fair·est
- Of pleasing appearance, especially because of a pure or fresh quality; comely.
- a. Light in color, especially blond: fair hair.b. Of light complexion: fair skin.
- Free of clouds or storms; clear and sunny: fair skies.
- Free of blemishes or stains; clean and pure: one's fair name.
- Promising; likely: We're in a fair way to succeed.
- a. Having or exhibiting a disposition that is free of favoritism or bias; impartial: a fair mediator.b. Just to all parties; equitable: a compromise that is fair to both factions.
- Being in accordance with relative merit or significance: She wanted to receive her fair share of the proceeds.
- Consistent with rules, logic, or ethics: a fair tactic.
- Moderately good; acceptable or satisfactory: gave only a fair performance of the play; in fair health.
- Superficially true or appealing; specious: Don't trust his fair promises.
- Lawful to hunt or attack: fair game.
- Archaic Free of all obstacles.
- In a proper or legal manner: playing fair.
- Directly; straight: a blow caught fair in the stomach.
- Archaic A beautiful or beloved woman.
- Obsolete Loveliness; beauty.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English fǽger, lovely, pleasant.
- fairˈness noun
- A gathering held at a specified time and place for the buying and selling of goods; a market.
- An exhibition, as of farm products or manufactured goods, usually accompanied by various competitions and entertainments: a state fair.
- An exhibition intended to inform people about a product or business opportunity: a computer fair; a job fair.
- An event, usually for the benefit of a charity or public institution, including entertainment and the sale of goods; a bazaar: a church fair.
Origin: Middle English faire, from Old French feire, from Late Latin fēria, sing. of Latin fēriae, holidays; see dhēs- in Indo-European roots.
fair - Legal Definition
fair - Phrases/Idioms
fair and square
fair to middling
fair and square