Fair meaning

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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.

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Of pleasing appearance, especially because of a pure or fresh quality; comely.
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Promising; likely.

We're in a fair way to succeed.

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Free of blemishes or stains; clean and pure.

One's fair name.

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Being in accordance with relative merit or significance.

She wanted to receive her fair share of the proceeds.

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(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.

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In a proper or legal manner.

Playing fair.

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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.

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Light in color, pale, particularly as regards skin tone but also referring to blond hair.

She had fair hair and blue eyes.

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A fair woman; a sweetheart.
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Moderately good; acceptable or satisfactory.

Gave only a fair performance of the play; in fair health.

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Free of all obstacles.
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Loveliness; beauty.
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An exhibition, as of farm products or manufactured goods, usually accompanied by various competitions and entertainments.

A state fair.

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An exhibition intended to inform people about a product or business opportunity.

A computer fair; a job fair.

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Attractive; beautiful; lovely.
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Light in color; blond.

Fair hair.

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He must be given a fair trial.

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To construct or design a structure whose primary function is to produce a smooth outline or reduce air drag or water resistance.
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Superficially true or appealing; specious.

Don't trust his fair promises.

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Lawful to hunt or attack.

Fair game.

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Directly; straight.

A blow caught fair in the stomach.

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To join (pieces) so as to be smooth, even, or regular.

Faired the aircraft's wing into the fuselage.

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A beautiful or beloved woman.
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A gathering held at a specified time and place for the buying and selling of goods; a market.
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An event, usually for the benefit of a charity or public institution, including entertainment and the sale of goods; a bazaar.

A church fair.

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Unblemished; clean.

A fair name.

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Clear and sunny; free from storm or the threat of storm.
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Easy to read; clear.

A fair hand.

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Just and honest; impartial; unprejudiced; specif., free from discrimination based on race, religion, sex, etc.

Fair employment practices, fair housing.

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Neither very bad nor very good; average.

In fair condition.

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Apparently favorable but really false; specious.

Fair words.

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Straight; squarely.

Struck fair in the face.

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To become clear.
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To give a smooth or streamlined surface to.
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A gathering of people held at regular intervals for barter and sale of goods.
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A festival or carnival where there is entertainment and things are sold, often for charity; bazaar.
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Neutral; balanced; just; reasonable.
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The patient was in a fair condition after some treatment.

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(nautical, of a wind) Favorable to a ship's course.
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Not overcast; cloudless; clear; pleasant; propitious; said of the sky, weather, or wind, etc.

A fair sky; a fair day.

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Free from obstacles or hindrances; unobstructed; unencumbered; open; direct; said of a road, passage, etc.

A fair mark; in fair sight; a fair view.

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(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.
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(baseball) Between the baselines.
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Something which is fair (in various senses of the adjective).

When will we learn to distinguish between the fair and the foul?

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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 […]

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1819, Lord Byron, Don Juan, III.24.

If single, probably his plighted Fair / Has in his absence wedded some rich miser [...].

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To smoothen or even a surface (especially a connection or junction on a surface).
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To bring into perfect alignment (especially about rivet holes when connecting structural members).
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Clearly; openly; frankly; civilly; honestly; favorably; auspiciously; agreeably.
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A community gathering to celebrate and exhibit local achievements.
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An event for public entertainment and trade, a market.
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An event for professionals in a trade to learn of new products and do business.
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A funfair, an amusement park.
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According to the rules.

A fair blow.

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Likely; promising; advantageous.

He is in a fair way to make money.

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Pleasant and courteous.
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Favorable; helpful.

A fair wind.

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Of moderately good size.

A fair fortune.

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Free of clouds or storms; clear and sunny.

Fair skies.

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Consistent with rules, logic, or ethics.

A fair tactic.

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Without obstacles; clear and open.

A fair road.

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Of or having to do with the part of the field on or between the foul lines, including home plate.
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Beauty.
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A woman.
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Something fair, or good.
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In a fair manner.
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In or into the part of the field that is on or between the foul lines, including home plate.
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fair and square
  • Just and honest.
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for fair
  • To the greatest or fullest extent possible:.
    Our team was beaten for fair in that tournament.
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no fair
  • Something contrary to the rules:.
    That was no fair.
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fair and square
  • With justice and honesty.
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fair to middling
  • Moderately good; passable.
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no fair
  • Not according to the rules.
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Origin of fair

  • Middle English faire from Old French feire from Late Latin fēria sing. of Latin fēriae holidays dhēs- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old English fæger lovely, pleasant

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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 Wiktionary

  • From Old French feire, from Latin fēriae.

    From Wiktionary