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.
- 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
Synonyms for fair
Related Words for fairestcivil, sincere, unbiased, lawful, proper, principled, generous, decent, objective, honorable, good, reasonable, straightforward, impartial, candid, legitimate, equitable, equal, honest, trustworthy
Examples from the Web for fairest
Contemporary Examples of fairest
We decided, as a family, that this was the fairest way forward.Churchill’s Secret Treasures for Sale: A British PM’s Life on the Auction Block
December 8, 2014
The queen rejoiced, went home, and asked the mirror: “Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who in this land is the fairest of all?”
When she now stepped before the mirror, she said: “Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who in this land is the fairest of all?”
And the mirror answered: “You, my queen, are now the fairest of all.”
Now the queen asked her mirror: “Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who in this land is fairest of all?”
Historical Examples of fairest
For we have made them the fairest offers, but they would not be persuaded.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
Paris and the fairest woman in the world were well across the sea.Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew
Josephine Preston Peabody
But the fairest she laid her comb by itsel' On the rock where the king's son lay.
But the fairest, wi' hair like the mune in a clud, She sought till she was the last.
I will not ask you, fairest of your sex, to give your confidence to unauthorised words.Imogen
- equal shares or treatment
- an expression of appeal for equal shares or treatment
Word Origin for fair
Word Origin for fair
Old English fæger "beautiful, lovely, pleasant," from Proto-Germanic *fagraz (cf. Old Saxon fagar, Old Norse fagr, Old High German fagar "beautiful," Gothic fagrs "fit"), perhaps from PIE *pek- "to make pretty" (cf. Lithuanian puošiu "I decorate").
The meaning in reference to weather (c.1200) preserves the original sense (opposed to foul). Sense of "light-complexioned" (1550s) reflects tastes in beauty; sense of "free from bias" (mid-14c.) evolved from another early meaning, "morally pure, unblemished" (late 12c.). The sporting senses (fair ball, fair catch etc.) began in 1856. Fair play is from 1590s; fair and square is from c.1600. Fair-haired in the figurative sense of "darling, favorite" is from 1909. First record of fair-weather friends is from 1736.
early 14c., from Anglo-French feyre (late 13c.), from Old French feire, from Vulgar Latin *feria "holiday, market fair," from Latin feriae "religious festivals, holidays," related to festus "solemn, festive, joyous" (see feast).
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