- 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.
- attractive; beautiful; lovely
- unblemished; clean: a fair name
Origin of fair< notion that light coloring was desirable light 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 of fairMiddle 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
fair and square
fair to middling
- 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 of fairMiddle English feire ; from Old French ; from Medieval 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
- 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.
transitive verbfaired, fair·ing, fairs
- Archaic A beautiful or beloved woman.
- Obsolete Loveliness; beauty.
Origin of fairMiddle English, from Old English fæger, lovely, pleasant.
- 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 of fairMiddle English faire, from Old French feire, from Late Latin fēria, sing. of Latin fēriae, holidays; see dhēs- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative fairer, superlative fairest)
- (literary or archaic) Beautiful, of a pleasing appearance, with a pure and fresh quality.
- Monday's child is fair of face.
- There was once a knight wooed a fair young maid.
- Unblemished (figuratively or literally); clean and pure; innocent.
- After scratching out and replacing various words in the manuscript, he scribed a fair copy to send to the publisher.
- one's fair name
- Light in color, pale, particularly as regards skin tone but also referring to blond hair.
- She had fair hair and blue eyes.
- Just, equitable.
- He must be given a fair trial.
- Adequate, reasonable, or decent.
- The patient was in a fair condition after some treatment.
- (nautical, of a wind) Favorable to a ship's course.
- Not overcast; cloudless; clear; pleasant; propitious; said of the sky, weather, or wind, etc.
- a fair sky; a fair day
- Free from obstacles or hindrances; unobstructed; unencumbered; open; direct; said of a road, passage, etc.
- a fair mark; in fair sight; a fair view
- (shipbuilding) Without sudden change of direction or curvature; smooth; flowing; said of the figure of a vessel, and of surfaces, water lines, and other lines.
- (baseball) Between the baselines.
- Something which is fair (in various senses of the adjective).
- When will we learn to distinguish between the fair and the foul?
- 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 39:
- In enjoying, therefore, such place of rendezvous, the British fair ought to esteem themselves more happy than any of their foreign sisters […]
- 1819, Lord Byron, Don Juan, III.24:
- If single, probably his plighted Fair / Has in his absence wedded some rich miser [...].
- A fair woman; a sweetheart.
(third-person singular simple present fairs, present participle fairing, simple past and past participle faired)
- To smoothen or even a surface (especially a connection or junction on a surface).
- To bring into perfect alignment (especially about rivet holes when connecting structural members).
- To construct or design a structure whose primary function is to produce a smooth outline or reduce air drag or water resistance.
(comparative more fair, superlative most fair)
- Clearly; openly; frankly; civilly; honestly; favorably; auspiciously; agreeably.
From Middle English fayr, feir, fager, from Old English fæġer (“fair, lovely, beautiful; pleasant, agreeable; attractive”), from Proto-Germanic *fagraz (“suitable, fitting, nice”), from Proto-Indo-European *ph₂ḱ- (“to fasten, place”). Cognate with Scots fayr, fare (“fair”), Danish feir, faver, fager (“fair, pretty”), Norwegian fager (“fair, pretty”), Swedish fager (“fair, pretty”), Icelandic fagur (“beautiful, fair”), Umbrian pacer (“gracious, merciful, kind”), Slovak pekný (“good-looking, handsome, nice”).
From Old French feire, from Latin fēriae.
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