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English definition of “fair”


adjective uk   /feər/ us    /fer/

fair adjective (RIGHT)

B1 treating someone in a way that is right or reasonable, or treating a group of people equally and not allowing personal opinions to influence your judgment: a fair trial Why should I have to do all the cleaning? It's not fair! It's not fair on Joe (= it is not right) to make him do all the work! It's not fair that she's allowed to go and I'm not! It's not fair to blame me for everything! She's scrupulously fair with all her employees (= she treats them all equally). She claims her article was a fair comment on (= a reasonable thing to say about) a matter of public interest. He offered to do all the cleaning if I did all the cooking, which seemed like a fair (= reasonable) deal. B1 If something, such as a price or share, is fair, it is reasonable and is what you expect or deserve: I thought it was a fair price that she was offering. I'm willing to do my fair (= equal) share of the work. All the workers want is a fair wage for the work that they do. If a game or competition is fair, it is done according to the rules: It was a fair fight. it's only fair it is the right way to treat someone and what they deserve: I think it's only fair to tell you that we have had over 300 applications for this job. it's fair to say it is true to say: I think it's fair to say (that) you've done less of the work than I have. to be fair considering everything that has an effect on a situation, so that a fair judgment can be made: He's done the job badly but, to be fair, I gave him very little time to do it. fair enough B2 UK informal something you say to show that you understand why someone has done or said something: "I'm just annoyed with him because he's behaved so badly." "Fair enough." fair's fair (also fair dos) informal something that you say when you want someone to behave reasonably or treat you the same as other people: Come on, it's my turn. Fair's fair! a fair hearing an opportunity to explain something or give your opinions, without other people trying to influence the situation: He didn't feel he got a fair hearing in court. fair and square in an honest way and without any doubt: We won the match fair and square. UK (US squarely) If you hit someone fair and square on a particular part of their body, you hit that person hard, exactly on that part: He hit me fair and square on the nose.

fair adjective (PALE)

A2 (of skin) pale, or (of hair) pale yellow or gold: She's got fair hair and blue eyes. a fair complexion My sister's dark and my brother's fair (= he has fair hair). He's fair-haired. All my family are fair-skinned.

fair adjective (QUITE LARGE)

C2 [before noun] quite large: We've had a fair amount of rain this week. We've had a fair number of applicants. It's a fair-sized garden. We've come a long way, but there's still a fair way (= quite a long distance) to go.

fair adjective (AVERAGE)

C2 [after verb] neither very good nor very bad: Films are rated on a scale of poor, fair, good and excellent. I was fair at science but it was never my thing.

fair adjective (QUITE GOOD)

[before noun] (of an idea, guess, or chance) good, but not excellent: I think I've got a fair idea of (= I understand reasonably well) what you want. She's got a fair chance of winning (= there is a reasonable chance that she will win).

fair adjective (WEATHER)

(of weather) pleasant and dry: Fair weather was forecast for the following day.

fair adjective (BEAUTIFUL)

old use or literary (of a woman) beautiful: a fair maiden


noun [C] uk   /feər/ us    /fer/
a large public event where goods are bought and sold, usually from tables that have been specially arranged for the event, and where there is often entertainment: I bought a wooden salad bowl at the local craft fair. B1 (UK also funfair, US also carnival) an outside event where you can ride on large machines for pleasure and play games to win prizes C1 a large show at which people who work in a particular industry meet, and sell and advertise their products: a book/antiques/toy fair a trade fair a public event in the countryside where farm animals and farm products are sold: a cattle/agricultural fairUS a county/state fair mainly US for fete noun
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