adjective, fair·er, fair·est.
- (of the sky) bright; sunny; cloudless to half-cloudy.
- (of the weather) fine; with no prospect of rain, snow, or hail; not stormy.
adverb, fair·er, fair·est.
- a woman.
- a beloved woman.
verb (used with object)
- to draw and adjust (the lines of a hull being designed) to produce regular surfaces of the correct form.
- to adjust the form of (a frame or templet) in accordance with a design, or cause it to conform to the general form of a hull.
- to restore (a bent plate or structural member) to its original form.
- to align (the frames of a vessel under construction) in proper position.
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Idioms for fair
- honestly; justly; straightforwardly: He won the race fair and square.
- honest; just; straightforward: He was admired for being fair and square in all his dealings.
Origin of fair1
synonym study for fair
OTHER WORDS FROM fairfairness, noun
Words nearby fair
Definition for fair (2 of 2)
Origin of fair2
What is a basic definition fo fair?
Fair describes something as being free of bias or injustice. Fair also describes something as being done according to the rules or as being neither good nor bad. Fair has many other senses as an adjective, adverb, verb, and noun.
If something is fair, it does not favor one side or the other. It isn’t tainted by dishonesty or injustice. If something or someone is not fair, then they favor one side or are giving an unjust advantage. For example, a fair criminal judge has no prior opinion on whether a person is guilty and doesn’t treat an accused person differently from anyone else. A judge who isn’t fair might think that everyone brought to their courtroom is guilty and will punish them, even if the evidence shows that the accused is innocent. Something that is not fair is said to be unfair.
Real-life examples: In the United States, every person is guaranteed a fair trial when they are accused of a crime. Businesses are supposed to have fair hiring practices, in which nobody gets an advantage. Judges and referees are expected to make fair decisions and not show support to either side.
Used in a sentence: I am a fair person, giving every movie a chance to entertain me.
Fair can also describe something as being done according to the rules. If something is fair, nobody cheated. For example, a soccer game in which both teams strictly follow the rules is fair. A soccer game where one team has twice as many players on the field at all times is not.
Used in a sentence: The committee decided the match was not a fair fight because one of the boxers had used steroids.
Fair is also used in this same sense as an adverb to mean something was done in a fair way.
Used in a sentence: When it comes to Monopoly, I never play fair, doing anything to win.
Used in a sentence: He gave me a fair price on the used car.
Where does fair come from?
The first records of fair come from before the 900s. It ultimately comes from the Old English fæger, meaning “beautiful” or “attractive.” The modern English fair can still be used in this sense, but it now has many other senses.
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How is fair used in real life?
Fair is an extremely common word with many senses. It is often used to describe something as being unbiased or being done while following the rules.
I'm still a bit nervous and concerned, but I'm just fully gonna put all my faith into Ri's lawyer and hope for honest witnesses and a fair judge. 🙏
— Brett (@BeliEVErinEve) December 24, 2020
— Tiney Ricciardi (@tineywristwatch) September 26, 2020
Yes, I lost a race to a snail, but it wasn’t fair! He was going the right direction the whole time.
— Patrick Star (@Patrick_Star) October 14, 2015
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A fair decision is one that is biased toward one side.
Example sentences from the Web for fair
As a principal, I have the responsibility to ensure compliance and create a fair and balanced environment for all students.School Sports Became ‘Clubs’ Amid the Pandemic – Now Two Coaches Are Out|Ashly McGlone|September 17, 2020|Voice of San Diego
If the shifts among women and older voters seen in the Post-ABC poll reflect an actual shift in the electorate — a fair assumption based on a wide range of other state and national polls — that seems very difficult to do.The key shifts in Minnesota and Wisconsin that have improved Biden’s chances of victory|Philip Bump|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
He says she urged street fairs and parades, but that’s not true.Trump’s ABC News town hall: Four Pinocchios, over and over again|Glenn Kessler|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
Grant says BrightHire, co-founded by Ben Sesser and Teddy Chestnut, is “the most compelling platform I’ve seen to help companies run fair and inclusive hiring processes.”The startup Adam Grant is betting on to fix bias in hiring is out of stealth mode|Sarah Todd|September 15, 2020|Quartz
We believe we are fair and reasonable partners and have no incentive to enforce the restrictions more broadly than necessary.The losses continue to pile up for hedge fund king Ray Dalio|Bernhard Warner|September 15, 2020|Fortune
Even internally in the House, women are not getting their fair shake.
Vicky Ward was a contributing editor to Vanity Fair for 11 years.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Frustrating as regulars find these fair-weather exercise interlopers, they were also all beginners once, he says.
Perhaps it always seems that way at the time, but surely we face our fair share right now.
To be fair, no artist had ever been asked to, or could have pulled it off if they had.Bow Down, Bitches: How Beyoncé Turned an Elevator Brawl Into a Perfect Year|Kevin Fallon|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Finally, let me ask the general reader to put aside all prejudice, and give both sides a fair hearing.God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford
Grandmamma sits in her quaint arm-chair— Never was lady more sweet and fair!
He was tall and of familiar figure, and the firelight was playing in the tossed curls of his short, fair hair.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
Mary is fair as the morning dew— Cheeks of roses and ribbons of blue!
May looked along at the dimpled grace, And then at the saint-like, fair old face, “How funny!”
British Dictionary definitions for fair (1 of 2)
- equal shares or treatment
- an expression of appeal for equal shares or treatment
Derived forms of fairfairness, noun
Word Origin for fair
British Dictionary definitions for fair (2 of 2)
Word Origin for fair
Idioms and Phrases with fair
In addition to the idioms beginning with fair
- fair and square
- fair enough
- fair game
- fair play
- fair sex
- fair shake, a
- fair to middling
- fairy godmother
- all's fair in love and war
- play fair
- turnabout is fair play