Definitions for fairfɛər
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
fair*fɛər(adj.; adv.)fair•er, fair•est.
free from bias, dishonesty, or injustice.
legitimately sought, done, given, etc.; proper under the rules:
a fair fight.
moderately large; ample:
a fair income.
neither excellent nor poor; moderately or tolerably good:
(of the sky) bright; sunny; cloudless to half-cloudy. (of the weather) fine; with no prospect of rain, snow, or hail; not stormy.
of a light hue; not dark:
pleasing in appearance; attractive:
a fair young maiden.
(of a wind or tide) tending to aid the progress of a vessel.
Category: Nautical, Navy
marked by favoring conditions; likely; promising:
in a fair way to succeed.
without irregularity or unevenness:
a fair surface.
free from blemish.
(adv.)in a fair manner:
He doesn't play fair.
(n.)Archaic. something that is fair.
Archaic. a woman. a beloved woman.
(v.t.)to draw and adjust (the lines of a ship's hull being designed) to produce regular surfaces of the correct form.
Category: Nautical, Navy
Idioms for fair:
bid fair,to seem likely:
This entry bids fair to win first prize.
fair and square, honestly; justly. honest; just; straightforward.
fair to middling,only tolerably good; so-so.
Category: Idiom, Informal
* Syn: fair , impartial , disinterested refer to lack of bias in opinions, judgments, etc. fair implies the treating of all sides alike, justly and equitably: a fair compromise. impartial also implies showing no more favor to one side than another, but suggests particularly a judicial consideration of a case: an impartial judge. disinterested implies a fairness arising from lack of desire to obtain a selfish advantage: a disinterested concern that the best person win.
Origin of fair:
bef. 900; ME; OE fæger
a usu. competitive exhibition of farm products, livestock, etc., often combined with entertainment and held annually by a county or state.
a periodic gathering of buyers and sellers in an appointed place.
an exposition in which different exhibitors participate, often with the purpose of buying or selling or of familiarizing the public with the products:
a home-furnishings fair.
Category: Common Vocabulary
an exhibition and sale of articles to raise money, often for some charitable purpose.
Origin of fair:
1300–50; ME feire < AF, OF < LL fēria religious festival, holiday (ML: market), in L only pl.; akin to feast
carnival, fair, funfair(noun)
a traveling show; having sideshows and rides and games of skill etc.
gathering of producers to promote business
"world fair"; "trade fair"; "book fair"
a competitive exhibition of farm products
"she won a blue ribbon for her baking at the county fair"
a sale of miscellany; often for charity
"the church bazaar"
free from favoritism or self-interest or bias or deception; conforming with established standards or rules
"a fair referee"; "fair deal"; "on a fair footing"; "a fair fight"; "by fair means or foul"
fair, fairish, reasonable(adj)
not excessive or extreme
"a fairish income"; "reasonable prices"
bonny, bonnie, comely, fair, sightly(adj)
very pleasing to the eye
"my bonny lass"; "there's a bonny bay beyond"; "a comely face"; "young fair maidens"
(of a baseball) hit between the foul lines
"he hit a fair ball over the third base bag"
average, fair, mediocre, middling(adj)
lacking exceptional quality or ability
"a novel of average merit"; "only a fair performance of the sonata"; "in fair health"; "the caliber of the students has gone from mediocre to above average"; "the performance was middling at best"
"the fair sex"
(of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections
"fair copy"; "a clean manuscript"
gained or earned without cheating or stealing
"an honest wage"; "an fair penny"
free of clouds or rain
"today will be fair and warm"
(used of hair or skin) pale or light-colored
"a fair complexion";
join so that the external surfaces blend smoothly
fairly, fair, clean(adverb)
in conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating
"they played fairly"
fairly, fair, evenhandedly(adverb)
without favoring one party, in a fair evenhanded manner
"deal fairly with one another"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
acceptable, reasonable, and morally correct
a fair price; It's not fair to blame children for things they can't understand.
an appropriate amount of sth that is being shared
our fair share of the prize money
done so that everyone is treated equally
free and fair elections; I try to be fair to all my employees.
not too bad, but not very good; = decent, average
The food was fair.
***her fair hair/skin
sb or sth that it is fair to investigate or criticize
Are journalists phone records fair game for investigators?
to have sth happen to you a lot, especially sth bad
She's had her fair share of bad luck.
used to add sth positive to after saying sth negative
To be fair, she did try to warn me.
an outdoor event at which people play games, win prizes, and ride on special machines
the county fair
an event in which companies try to attract buyers or employees
a job fair
in a way that treats people reasonably
according to the rules
I won, fair and square.; You're not playing fair!
free from spots, specks, dirt, or imperfection; unblemished; clean; pure
pleasing to the eye; handsome; beautiful
without a dark hue; light; clear; as, a fair skin
not overcast; cloudless; clear; pleasant; propitious; favorable; -- said of the sky, weather, or wind, etc.; as, a fair sky; a fair day
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
without sudden change of direction or curvature; smooth; fowing; -- said of the figure of a vessel, and of surfaces, water lines, and other lines
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
pleasing; favorable; inspiring hope and confidence; -- said of words, promises, etc
distinct; legible; as, fair handwriting
free from any marked characteristic; average; middling; as, a fair specimen
clearly; openly; frankly; civilly; honestly; favorably; auspiciously; agreeably
a fair woman; a sweetheart
good fortune; good luck
to make fair or beautiful
to make smooth and flowing, as a vessel's lines
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
a festival, and sale of fancy articles. erc., usually for some charitable object; as, a Grand Army fair
a competitive exhibition of wares, farm products, etc., not primarily for purposes of sale; as, the Mechanics' fair; an agricultural fair
A fair is a gathering of people to display or trade produce or other goods, to parade or display animals and often to enjoy associated carnival or funfair entertainment. It is normally of the essence of a fair that it is temporary; some last only an afternoon while others may last as long as ten weeks. Activities at fairs vary widely. Some trade fairs are important regular business events either where products are traded between businesspeople, as at the Frankfurt Book Fair, where publishers sell book rights in other markets to other publishers, or where products are showcased to consumers, as for example in agricultural districts where they present opportunities to display and demonstrate the latest machinery on the market to farmers. Fairs are also known by many different names around the world, such as agricultural show, fête, county fair, exhibition or state fair, festival, market and show. Flea markets and auto shows are sometimes incorporated into a fair.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'fair' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1402
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'fair' in Written Corpus Frequency: #639
Rank popularity for the word 'fair' in Adjectives Frequency: #141
Translations for fair
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
light-coloured; with light-coloured hair and skin
fair hair; Scandinavian people are often fair.
- blond, ligAfrikaans
- claroPortuguese (BR)
- světlý; plavýCzech
- rubio, claro, blancoSpanish
- سرخ و سفیدFarsi
- svijetle puti, plavokosCroatian
- világos; szőkeHungarian
- warna pirangIndonesian
- biondo; chiaroItalian
- šviesus, šviesiaplaukisLithuanian
- gaišs; gaišmatainsLatvian
- warna cerahMalay
- lys, blond; skjærNorwegian
- jasny, jasnowłosyPolish
- سرخ و سفیدPersian
- سپینه او تورPashto
- светлый; белокурыйRussian
- sarı, sarışınTurkish
- 白晳的皮膚，金黃色的頭髮Chinese (Trad.)
- اجلے رنگ کاUrdu
- vàng hoe (tóc); trắng (da)Vietnamese
- 肤色白晰的，头发金黄色的Chinese (Simp.)
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