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English definition of “fair”

fair

adjective
 
 
/feər/
EQUAL B1 treating everyone in the same way, so that no one has an advantage: a fair trial That's not fair. You always go first!Justice and fairness
RIGHT B1 acceptable or right: a fair deal We'd like to move abroad, but it's just not fair on the children. → Opposite unfairJustice and fairness
HAIR/SKIN A2 having pale skin or a light colour of hair: a boy with fair hair and blue eyes → Opposite dark adjective (NOT PALE)Hair colourThe skin, and skin colour
a fair amount/distance/size, etc quite a large amount, distance, size, etc: There's still a fair bit of work to be done on the house.Big and quite bigEnormous
WEATHER sunny and not raining: Tomorrow will be fair, with some early morning frost.Describing good weather
AVERAGE not very good but not very bad: He has a fair chance of winning.Quite good, or not very goodSuitable and acceptable
fair enough informal B2 used to say that you agree, or think that something is acceptable: "He'll only work on Sunday if he gets paid extra." "Fair enough." → See also fair play, have your (fair) share of sthAccepting and agreeingAccepting and agreeing reluctantlyApproving and approval
(Definition of fair adjective from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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