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Meaning of fair by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( RP ) IPA: /fɛə/
    • ( GenAm ) IPA: /fɛɹ/
    • Rhymes: -ɛə( r )
    • Homophone: fare

    Etymology 1

    Old English fæġer, from Proto-Germanic *fagroz. Cognate with Swedish fager .


    fair ( comparative fairer, superlative fairest )

    1. ( literary or archaic ) Beautiful, of a pleasing appearance, with a pure and fresh quality .
      Monday's child is fair of face .
    2. Unblemished and innocent; clean and pure .
      one's fair name
    3. Light in color, pale, particularly as regards skin tone but also refers to blond hair .
      She had fair hair and blue eyes .
    4. Just, equitable .
      He must be given a fair trial .
    5. Adequate, reasonable, or decent .
      The patient was in a fair condition after some treatment .
    6. ( baseball ) Between the baselines .
    Derived terms


    fair ( plural: fairs )

    1. Something which is fair ( in various senses of the adjective ) .
      When will we learn to distinguish between the fair and the foul?
    2. ( obsolete ) A woman, a member of the ‘fair sex’; also as a collective singular, women.

    Etymology 2

    From Old French feire, from Latin fēriae .


    fair ( plural: fairs )

    1. A community gathering to celebrate and exhibit local achievements .
    2. An event for public entertainment and trade, a market .
    3. An event for professionals in a trade to learn of new products and do business .
    Derived terms


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Explanation of fair by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. join so that the external surfaces blend smoothly

    1. without favoring one party, in a fair evenhanded manner

    2. deal fairly with one another
    3. in conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating

    4. they played fairly
    1. very pleasing to the eye

    2. young fair maidens
    3. ( used of hair or skin ) pale or light-colored

    4. a fair complexion
    5. free of clouds or rain

    6. today will be fair and warm
    7. ( of a baseball ) hit between the foul lines

    8. he hit a fair ball over the third base bag
    9. free from favoritism or self-interest or bias or deception

    10. a fair referee
      fair deal
      on a fair footing
      a fair fight
      by fair means or foul
    11. gained or earned without cheating or stealing

    12. an fair penny
    13. ( of a manuscript ) having few alterations or corrections

    14. fair copy
    15. attractively feminine

    16. the fair sex
    17. not excessive or extreme

    18. a fairish income
    19. lacking exceptional quality or ability

    20. only a fair performance of the sonata
      in fair health
    1. a traveling show

    2. a sale of miscellany

    3. a competitive exhibition of farm products

    4. she won a blue ribbon for her baking at the county fair
    5. gathering of producers to promote business

    6. world fair
      trade fair
      book fair

    Definition of fair by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Fair ( fâr ), a. [Compar. Fairer ; superl. Fairest.] [OE. fair, fayer, fager, AS. fæger; akin to OS. & OHG. fagar, Icel. fagr, Sw. fager, Dan. faver, Goth. fagrs fit, also to E. fay, G. fügen, to fit. fegen to sweep, cleanse, and prob. also to E. fang, peace, pact, Cf. Fang, Fain, Fay to fit.]
      1. Free from spots, specks, dirt, or imperfection; unblemished; clean; pure.

      A fair white linen cloth. Book of Common Prayer.

      2. Pleasing to the eye; handsome; beautiful.

      Who can not see many a fair French city, for one fair French made. Shak.

      3. Without a dark hue; light; clear; as, “a fair skin”.

      The northern people large and fair-complexioned. Sir M. Hale.

      4. Not overcast; cloudless; clear; pleasant; propitious; favorable; -- said of the sky, weather, or wind, etc.; as, “a fair sky; a fair day.”

      You wish fair winds may waft him over. Prior.

      5. Free from obstacles or hindrances; unobstructed; unincumbered; open; direct; -- said of a road, passage, etc.; as, “a fair mark; in fair sight; a fair view.”

      The caliphs obtained a mighty empire, which was in a fair way to have enlarged. Sir W. Raleigh.

      6. ( 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.

      7. Characterized by frankness, honesty, impartiality, or candor; open; upright; free from suspicion or bias; equitable; just; -- said of persons, character, or conduct; as, “a fair man; fair dealing; a fair statement.” “I would call it fair play.” Shak.

      8. Pleasing; favorable; inspiring hope and confidence; -- said of words, promises, etc.

      When fair words and good counsel will not prevail on us, we must be frighted into our duty. L' Estrange.

      9. Distinct; legible; as, “fair handwriting”.

      10. Free from any marked characteristic; average; middling; as, “a fair specimen”.

      The news is very fair and good, my lord. Shak.

      Fair ball. ( Baseball ) A ball passing over the home base at the height called for by the batsman, and delivered by the pitcher while wholly within the lines of his position and facing the batsman. A batted ball that falls inside the foul lines; -- called also a fair hit. -- Fair maid. ( Zool. ) The European pilchard ( Clupea pilchardus ) when dried. The southern scup ( Stenotomus Gardeni ). [Virginia] -- Fair one, a handsome woman; a beauty, -- Fair play, equitable or impartial treatment; a fair or equal chance; justice. -- From fair to middling, passable; tolerable. [Colloq.] -- The fair sex, the female sex.

      Syn. -- Candid; open; frank; ingenuous; clear; honest; equitable; impartial; reasonable. See Candid.

    2. Fair, adv. Clearly; openly; frankly; civilly; honestly; favorably; auspiciously; agreeably.

      Fair and square, justly; honestly; equitably; impartially. [Colloq.] -- To bid fair. See under Bid. -- To speak fair, to address with courtesy and frankness. [Archaic]

    3. Fair, n.
      1. Fairness, beauty. [Obs.] Shak.

      2. A fair woman; a sweetheart.

      I have found out a gift for my fair. Shenstone.

      3. Good fortune; good luck.

      Now fair befall thee ! Shak.

      The fair, anything beautiful; women, collectively. “For slander's mark was ever yet the fair.” Shak.

    4. Fair, v. t.
      1. To make fair or beautiful. [Obs.]

      Fairing the foul. Shak.

      2. ( Shipbuilding ) To make smooth and flowing, as a vessel's lines.

    5. Fair, n. [OE. feire, OF. feire, F. foire, fr. L. fariae, pl., days of rest, holidays, festivals, akin to festus festal. See Feast.]
      1. A gathering of buyers and sellers, assembled at a particular place with their merchandise at a stated or regular season, or by special appointment, for trade.

      2. A festival, and sale of fancy articles. erc., usually for some charitable object; as, “a Grand Army fair; a church fair”.

      3. A competitive exhibition of wares, farm products, etc., not primarily for purposes of sale; as, “the Mechanics' fair; an agricultural fair.”

      4. an exhibition by a number of organizations, including governmental organizations, for the purpose of acquainting people with such organizations or their members, not primarily for commercial purposes; as, “the 1939 World's Fair.”

      Meet me in St. Louis, Louis

      Meet me at the fair

      Don't tell me the lights are shining

      Anyplace but there. Song ( 1904: words by Andrew B. Sterling, music by Kerry Mills, popularized by Billy Murray. Prominent in the movie Meet Me In St. Louis, 1944 )

      After the fair, Too late. [Colloq.]