Fair - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |fer|  American pronunciation of the word fair
Brit.  |feə|  British pronunciation of the word fair


- a traveling show; having sideshows and rides and games of skill etc. (syn: carnival, funfair)
- gathering of producers to promote business
- a competitive exhibition of farm products
- a sale of miscellany; often for charity (syn: bazaar)


- join so that the external surfaces blend smoothly


- not excessive or extreme(syn: fairish, reasonable)
- very pleasing to the eye(syn: bonnie, bonny, comely, sightly)
- lacking exceptional quality or ability(syn: average, mediocre, middling)
- attractively feminine
- (of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections(syn: clean)
- gained or earned without cheating or stealing(syn: honest)
- free of clouds or rain
- (used of hair or skin) pale or light-colored(syn: fairish)


- in conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating(syn: clean, fairly)
- without favoring one party, in a fair evenhanded manner(syn: evenhandedly, fairly)


That's a fair question, and it deserves an honest reply.

He is known as a very fair man.

I try to be fair to my children.

He claims that the competition wasn't fair.

It's not fair that she gets to leave early and I don't.

a bargain that is fair to everyone

“What a bad movie!” “Be fair! Parts of it are actually pretty funny.”

I can't say I liked the movie, but, to be fair, parts of it are pretty funny.

She did poorly on the test, but, to be fair, so did a lot of other people.

“I have a good relationship with both Eddie and David. I think they've been fair to me."

...we expect everyone on this basketball court to play fair...

...it fair takes your breath away when you find out what properties in London are going for...

He's fair to his employees.

I have used both fair and foul words.

He has fallen away from all his fair promises.

Word forms

singular: fair
plural: fairs
comparative: fairer
superlative: fairest
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