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English adjective: fair

1. fair free from favoritism or self-interest or bias or deception; conforming with established standards or rules

SamplesA fair referee.
Fair deal.
On a fair footing.
A fair fight.
By fair means or foul.


Similarantimonopoly, antitrust, clean, fair-and-square, fair-minded, sporting, sportsmanlike, sporty

See alsoimpartial, just, reasonable, sensible

Attributeequity, fairness

Antonymsunfair, unjust

2. fair not excessive or extreme

SamplesA fairish income.
Reasonable prices.

Synonymsfairish, reasonable



3. fair very pleasing to the eye

SamplesMy bonny lass.
There's a bonny bay beyond.
A comely face.
Young fair maidens.

Synonymsbonnie, bonny, comely, sightly



4. fair (of a baseball) hit between the foul lines

SamplesHe hit a fair ball over the third base bag.


Domain categorybaseball, baseball game


5. fair lacking exceptional quality or ability

SamplesA novel of average merit.
Only a fair performance of the sonata.
In fair health.
The caliber of the students has gone from mediocre to above average.
The performance was middling at best.

Synonymsaverage, mediocre, middling



6. fair attractively feminine

SamplesThe fair sex.



7. fair (of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections

SamplesFair copy.
A clean manuscript.




8. fair gained or earned without cheating or stealing

SamplesAn honest wage.
An fair penny.


Similarequitable, just

Antonymsinequitable, unjust

9. fair free of clouds or rain

SamplesToday will be fair and warm.



10. fair (used of hair or skin) pale or light-colored

SamplesA fair complexion.


Similarblond, blonde, light-haired

Antonymsbrunet, brunette

English noun: fair

1. fair (act) a traveling show; having sideshows and rides and games of skill etc.

Synonymscarnival, funfair

Broader (hypernym)show

Part holonymmidway

2. fair (group) gathering of producers to promote business

SamplesWorld fair.
Trade fair.
Book fair.

Broader (hypernym)assemblage, gathering

Narrower (hyponym)book fair, bookfair

3. fair (group) a competitive exhibition of farm products

SamplesShe won a blue ribbon for her baking at the county fair.

Broader (hypernym)exhibition, expo, exposition

4. fair (act) a sale of miscellany; often for charity

SamplesThe church bazaar.


Broader (hypernym)cut-rate sale, sale, sales event

Narrower (hyponym)book fair, bookfair, craft fair

English adverb: fair

1. fair in conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating

SamplesThey played fairly.

Synonymsclean, fairly

Antonymsbelow the belt, unfairly

2. fair without favoring one party, in a fair evenhanded manner

SamplesDeal fairly with one another.

Synonymsevenhandedly, fairly

English verb: fair

1. fair (contact) join so that the external surfaces blend smoothly

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bring together, join

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