[ fair-treyd ]
/ ˈfɛərˈtreɪd /

verb (used with object), fair-trad·ed, fair-trad·ing.

to sell (a commodity) under a fair-trade agreement.

verb (used without object), fair-trad·ed, fair-trad·ing.

to sell a commodity under a fair-trade agreement.


subject to or resulting from a fair-trade agreement: fair-trade items; fair-trade prices.

Origin of fair-trade

First recorded in 1940–45

Related forms

fair-trad·er, noun

Definition for fair-trade (2 of 2)

fair trade


trade carried on under a fair-trade agreement.

Origin of fair trade

First recorded in 1715–25
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British Dictionary definitions for fair-trade

fair trade


  1. the practice of directly benefiting producers in the developing world by buying straight from them at a guaranteed price
  2. (as modifier)fair-trade coffee
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