- an unobstructed passage, way, or area.
- the part of the course where the grass is cut short between the tees and the putting greens, exclusive of the rough, trees, and hazards: More important than long drives is keeping your ball on the fairway.
- the mowed part of any hole between the tee and the green: The foursome is now on the tenth fairway.
- the navigable portion of a river, harbor, or other partly enclosed body of water.
- the channel customarily navigated by vessels in such a body of water.
Origin of fairway
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Examples from the Web for fairway
In Manhattan, where I grew up, people seemed to eat a lot of takeout, or prepared foods from places like Zabars and Fairway.Friday Forum: How often do you cook?
January 11, 2013
Both initially were unpopular with neighbors, and Fairway admits on its website that opening a store there was “just plain nuts.”Red Hook Still Crying Out for Relief in Sandy’s Wake
November 6, 2012
They stood in the fairway of passengers, and their faces were extremely grave.Howards End
E. M. Forster
Then I had to look at the river mighty quick, because there was a snag in the fairway.Heart of Darkness
You will also notice that this fairway is an important trade route.From Pole to Pole
Sven Anders Hedin
When I found she was being courted it was like hitting a rock in a fairway.Blow The Man Down
Thomas had got out of the fairway in one, but he still seemed unhappy.Happy Days
Alan Alexander Milne
- (on a golf course) the areas of shorter grass between the tees and greens, esp the avenue approaching a green bordered by rough
- the navigable part of a river, harbour, etc
- the customary course followed by vessels
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Word Origin and History for fairway
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