What does fair mean?

Definitions for fairfɛər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word fair.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. carnival, fair, funfair(noun)

    a traveling show; having sideshows and rides and games of skill etc.

  2. fair(noun)

    gathering of producers to promote business

    "world fair"; "trade fair"; "book fair"

  3. fair(noun)

    a competitive exhibition of farm products

    "she won a blue ribbon for her baking at the county fair"

  4. bazaar, fair(adj)

    a sale of miscellany; often for charity

    "the church bazaar"

  5. fair, just(adj)

    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"

  6. fair, fairish, reasonable(adj)

    not excessive or extreme

    "a fairish income"; "reasonable prices"

  7. 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"

  8. fair(adj)

    (of a baseball) hit between the foul lines

    "he hit a fair ball over the third base bag"

  9. 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"

  10. fair(a)(adj)

    attractively feminine

    "the fair sex"

  11. clean, fair(adj)

    (of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections

    "fair copy"; "a clean manuscript"

  12. honest, fair(adj)

    gained or earned without cheating or stealing

    "an honest wage"; "an fair penny"

  13. fair(adj)

    free of clouds or rain

    "today will be fair and warm"

  14. fair, fairish(verb)

    (used of hair or skin) pale or light-colored

    "a fair complexion";

  15. fair(adverb)

    join so that the external surfaces blend smoothly

  16. fairly, fair, clean(adverb)

    in conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating

    "they played fairly"

  17. fairly, fair, evenhandedly(adverb)

    without favoring one party, in a fair evenhanded manner

    "deal fairly with one another"


  1. Fair(n.)

    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.

  2. Origin: [OE. feire, OF. feire, F. foire, fr. L. fariae, pl., days of rest, holidays, festivals, akin to festus festal. See Feast.]

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fair

    free from spots, specks, dirt, or imperfection; unblemished; clean; pure

  2. Fair

    pleasing to the eye; handsome; beautiful

  3. Fair

    without a dark hue; light; clear; as, a fair skin

  4. Fair

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

  5. Fair

    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

  6. Fair

    without sudden change of direction or curvature; smooth; fowing; -- said of the figure of a vessel, and of surfaces, water lines, and other lines

  7. Fair

    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

  8. Fair

    pleasing; favorable; inspiring hope and confidence; -- said of words, promises, etc

  9. Fair

    distinct; legible; as, fair handwriting

  10. Fair

    free from any marked characteristic; average; middling; as, a fair specimen

  11. Fair(adverb)

    clearly; openly; frankly; civilly; honestly; favorably; auspiciously; agreeably

  12. Fair(noun)

    fairness, beauty

  13. Fair(noun)

    a fair woman; a sweetheart

  14. Fair(noun)

    good fortune; good luck

  15. Fair(verb)

    to make fair or beautiful

  16. Fair(verb)

    to make smooth and flowing, as a vessel's lines

  17. Fair(noun)

    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

  18. Fair(noun)

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

  19. Fair(noun)

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

  20. Origin: [OE. feire, OF. feire, F. foire, fr. L. fariae, pl., days of rest, holidays, festivals, akin to festus festal. See Feast.]


  1. 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fair

    fār, adj. bright: clear: free from blemish: pure: pleasing to the eye: beautiful: free from a dark hue: of a light shade: free from clouds or rain: favourable: unobstructed: open: prosperous: frank: impartial: just: pleasing: plausible: hopeful: moderate: pretty good.—n. that which is fair: (arch.) a woman.—v.t. to make fair.—v.i. to clear up, as the weather from rain.—adv. kindly, honestly, clearly: straight: (Shak.) favourably.—adjs. Fair′-and-square, honest—also used adverbially; Fair′-bod′ing (Shak.), auspicious.—n. Fair′-cop′y, the state of a document copied after final correction.—adjs. Fair′-faced, with a light complexion: beautiful: specious; Fair′-haired, having fair or light-coloured hair; Fair′-hand, having a fair appearance; Fair′ish, somewhat fair: pretty well, pretty drunk.—adv. Fair′ly.—adj. Fair′-mind′ed, judging fairly.—ns. Fair′ness; Fair′-play, honest dealing: justice.—adjs. Fair′-seem′ing, appearing fair; Fair′-spok′en, bland and civil in language and address.—ns. Fair′-trade, free-trade: a euphemism for smuggling: a mild form of the protective system, in which the basis of economic policy is supposed to be reciprocity or free-trade only with such nations as grant similar privileges—also used adverbially; Fair′-way, the part of a river, roadstead, &c. by which vessels enter or leave.—adj. Fair′-weath′er, suitable only for fair weather or favourable circumstances.—Be in a fair way to, to be likely to succeed in; Keep fair with, to keep on amiable terms with; Stand fair with, to be in the good graces of.—The fair, The fair sex, the female sex. [A.S. fæger.]

  2. Fair

    fār, n. a great periodical market for one kind of merchandise, or for the general sales and purchases of a district: a collection of miscellaneous goods for sale on behoof of charity at a bazaar, &c.—n. Fair′ing, a present given at a fair, any complimentary gift.—A day after the fair, too late; Get one's fairing (Scot.), to get one's deserts. [O. Fr. feire—L. feria, holiday.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fair' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1402

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fair' in Written Corpus Frequency: #639

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fair' in Adjectives Frequency: #141


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fair in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fair in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Donald Tusk:

    Let us also be fair.

  2. Francis Edwards:

    All's fair in love and war.

  3. Leslie Munger:

    I’m just trying to be fair.

  4. Haytham Faraj:

    To me it doesn't seem very fair.

  5. Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan:

    The point is, it has to be fair.

Images & Illustrations of fair

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Translations for fair

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • مَشْرُوع, حَقَّانِيّ, مُبَاح, مُسَوَّغ, مُقْسِط, أَشْقَر, عَدْل, مُحِقّ, مَأْذُون, مُنْصِف, مَقْبُول, نَزْه, عادِل, مُصِيب, مُشْتَرَع, مُصَرَّحٌ, نَزِيه, مُجَاز, مُشَرَّعArabic
  • ғәҙел, йәрминкәBashkir
  • попътен, неопетнен, справедлив, значителен, хубав, невинен, красив, рус, задоволителен, панаир, базар, подравнявамBulgarian
  • just, bell, equitatiuCatalan, Valencian
  • férCzech
  • tegWelsh
  • lys, blond, smuk, retfærdig, rimelig, markedDanish
  • hell, fair, gerecht, wunderbar, anständig, schön, hellhäutig, blond, Kirchtag, Messe, Kirmes, Ausstellung, Markt, Kirchweih, JahrmarktGerman
  • δίκαιοςGreek
  • justa, blonda, foiroEsperanto
  • justo, viento de popa, bello, pastel, inocente, equitativo, razonable, feria, feria de muestrasSpanish
  • روشن, مکارهPersian
  • viehkeä, tasapuolinen, puhdas, kelvollinen, vaalea, oikeudenmukainen, myötäinen, puolueeton, kohtuullinen, kaunis, reilu, kohtalainen, irti, rehellinen, näyttely, markkina, messu, rihdata, tasoittaa, virtaviivaistaa, kohdistaaFinnish
  • juste, beau, joli, belle, équitable, foire, marchéFrench
  • réasúnta, fionnIrish
  • fionn, cothromach, sgèimheach, maiseach, bòidheach, bàn, féillScottish Gaelic
  • feiraGalician
  • בהיר, פייר, הוגן, יפה, צודק, בהירהHebrew
  • szép, igazságos, korrekt, szőke, fehér, vásárHungarian
  • արդարArmenian
  • fagurIcelandic
  • giusta, discreto, bello, equo, equa, giusto, discreta, bella, mercato, fieraItalian
  • הוגןHebrew
  • 色白, 公正, フェアの, 相当, 美しい, 公平, 博覧会, 市, フェア, フェアーJapanese
  • укмуштай, ярмарка, жармаңкеKyrgyz
  • feriaLatin
  • kakahoMāori
  • मेळाMarathi
  • adilMalay
  • doenbaar, correct, mooi, eerlijk, rechtschapen, bevallig, rechtvaardig, redelijk, schappelijk, bleek, blank, kermis, beurs, braderie, jaarmarkt, uitlijnen, effenenDutch
  • sprawiedliwy, targiPolish
  • claro, equilibrado, belo, adequado, formoso, honesto, justo, decente, bonito, feiraPortuguese
  • cler, clarRomansh
  • прекрасный, справедливый, приемлемый, светлый, че́стный, правомерный, сносный, красивый, ярмарка, базар, выставка, рынок, феерияRussian
  • vášar, ва́шар, са́јам, sájamSerbo-Croatian
  • rimlig, skälig, blond, ljuslagd, rättvis, fagerSwedish
  • beyaz tenli, doğru, insaflı, âdil, hakkaniyetli, güzel, kayda değer, açık, âdilâne, fuar, festivalTurkish
  • hội chợVietnamese
  • kermetVolapük

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