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).UK 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 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 (UK 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 think that 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.
› old use or literary (of a woman) beautiful: a fair maiden