having light-colored hair.


    fair-haired boy, Informal. a person, especially a young one, treated as a favorite or considered especially promising by a superior or the members of a group: He's the fair-haired boy of the literary set.

Origin of fair-haired

First recorded in 1620–30; fair1 + hair + -ed3
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  • “A fair-haired fellow,” the last observed in a placid tone, and paused.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • The Englishman had the torso of a prize-fighter, with a face like that of a fair-haired baby.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • She was a fair-haired girl, gentle and timid, and was pre-destined for misfortune.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • She was very pretty, fair-haired and fresh looking at that time.


    Emile Zola

  • In fact, he is a sort of fair-haired Napoleon in nature as well.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine