an unobstructed passage, way, or area.
  1. 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.
  2. the mowed part of any hole between the tee and the green: The foursome is now on the tenth fairway.
  1. the navigable portion of a river, harbor, or other partly enclosed body of water.
  2. the channel customarily navigated by vessels in such a body of water.

Origin of fairway

1515–25; 1905–10 for def 2; fair1 + way1
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Related Words for fairway

fairway, green, links

Examples from the Web for fairway

Contemporary Examples of fairway

Historical Examples of fairway

  • 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

    Joseph Conrad

  • 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.

  • Thomas had got out of the fairway in one, but he still seemed unhappy.

    Happy Days

    Alan Alexander Milne

British Dictionary definitions for fairway



(on a golf course) the areas of shorter grass between the tees and greens, esp the avenue approaching a green bordered by rough
  1. the navigable part of a river, harbour, etc
  2. the customary course followed by vessels
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Word Origin and History for fairway

1580s, "navigational channel of a river," from fair (adj.) + way (n.). Golfing sense is from 1910.

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