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  1. the price of conveyance or passage in a bus, train, airplane, or other vehicle.
  2. a person or persons who pay to be conveyed in a vehicle; paying passenger.
  3. a person who hires a public vehicle and its driver.
  4. food; diet: hearty fare.
  5. something offered to the public, for entertainment, enjoyment, consumption, etc.: literary fare.
  6. Archaic. state of things.
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verb (used without object), fared, far·ing.
  1. to experience good or bad fortune, treatment, etc.; get on: He fared well in his profession.
  2. to go; turn out; happen (used impersonally): It fared ill with him.
  3. to go; travel.
  4. to eat and drink: They fared sumptuously.
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Origin of fare

before 1000; Middle English faren, Old English faran; cognate with German fahren, Old Norse fara, Gothic faran; akin to emporium, port5, pram2
Related formsfar·er, noun
Can be confusedfair far fare

Synonyms for fare

4. See food.
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Historical Examples of farer

  • Olaf Tryggveson also makes a great figure in the Farer Saga, and recounts there his early troubles, which were strange and many.

    Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 1 of 8


  • Thus it was from Germany that this grand saga spread all over the North, including the Farer.

  • The whole thing meant merely the night halt of some farer to the mountains.

    A Prairie Infanta

    Eva Wilder Brodhead

British Dictionary definitions for farer


  1. the sum charged or paid for conveyance in a bus, train, aeroplane, etc
  2. a paying passenger, esp when carried by taxi
  3. a range of food and drink; diet
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verb (intr)
  1. to get on (as specified); managehe fared well
  2. (with it as a subject) to turn out or happen as specifiedit fared badly with him
  3. archaic to eatwe fared sumptuously
  4. (often foll by forth) archaic to go or travel
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Derived Formsfarer, noun

Word Origin for fare

Old English faran; related to Old Norse fara to travel, Old High German faran to go, Greek poros ford
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Word Origin and History for farer



Old English fær "journey, road, passage, expedition," strong neuter of faran "to journey" (see fare (v.)); merged with faru "journey, expedition, companions, baggage," strong fem. of faran. Original sense is obsolete, except in compounds (wayfarer, sea-faring, etc.) Meaning "food provided" is c.1200; that of "conveyance" appears in Scottish early 15c. and led to sense of "payment for passage" (1510s).

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Old English faran "to journey, set forth, go, travel, wander, get on, undergo, make one's way," from Proto-Germanic *faranan (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German, Gothic faran, Old Norse and Old Frisian fara, Dutch varen, German fahren), from PIE *por- "going, passage," from root *per- (2) "to lead, pass over" (see port (n.1)). Related: Fared; faring.

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