Meaning of “fair” - Learner’s Dictionary


adjective us uk /feər/

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!

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B1 acceptable or right:

a fair deal
We'd like to move abroad, but it's just not fair on the children.
→ Opposite unfair

A2 having pale skin or a light colour of hair:

a boy with fair hair and blue eyes
→ Opposite dark adjective (NOT PALE)
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.

sunny and not raining:

Tomorrow will be fair, with some early morning frost.

not very good but not very bad:

He has a fair chance of winning.
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 sth

(Definition of “fair adjective” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)