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[oh-puh n-air] /ˈoʊ pənˈɛər/
existing in, taking place in, or characteristic of the open air; outdoor:
The orchestra gave three open-air concerts last summer.
Origin of open-air
First recorded in 1820-30
Related forms
open-airish, adjective
open-airishness, noun
open-airness, noun

open air

the outdoors.
First recorded in 1520-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And now for school, and as we say "school," we regret that there are not more "open-air schools."

    The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
  • The coachman turned into a street where an open-air market was going on.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Both were kindly, both fond of open-air pursuits, and neither of them lazy.

    Fraternity John Galsworthy
  • And they scrambled once more up the land slide into the open-air.

  • The resting for the night in the open-air by an armed party, instead of encamping.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
British Dictionary definitions for open-air

open air

  1. the place or space where the air is unenclosed; the outdoors
  2. (as modifier): an open-air concert
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