Meaning of FAIR in English


I. ˈfer adjective

Etymology: Middle English fager, fair, from Old English fæger; akin to Old High German fagar beautiful

Date: before 12th century

1. : pleasing to the eye or mind especially because of fresh, charming, or flawless quality

2. : superficially pleasing : specious

she trusted his fair promises


a. : clean , pure

fair sparkling water

b. : clear , legible

4. : not stormy or foul : fine

fair weather

5. : ample

a fair estate


a. : marked by impartiality and honesty : free from self-interest, prejudice, or favoritism

a very fair person to do business with


(1) : conforming with the established rules : allowed

(2) : consonant with merit or importance : due

a fair share

c. : open to legitimate pursuit, attack, or ridicule

fair game


a. : promising , likely

in a fair way to win

b. : favorable to a ship's course

a fair wind

8. archaic : free of obstacles

9. : not dark

fair skin


a. : sufficient but not ample : adequate

a fair understanding of the work

b. : moderately numerous, large, or significant

takes a fair amount of time

11. : being such to the utmost : utter

a fair treat to watch him — New Republic

• fair·ness noun


fair , just , equitable , impartial , unbiased , dispassionate , objective mean free from favor toward either or any side. fair implies an elimination of one's own feelings, prejudices, and desires so as to achieve a proper balance of conflicting interests

a fair decision

just implies an exact following of a standard of what is right and proper

a just settlement of territorial claims

equitable implies a less rigorous standard than just and usually suggests equal treatment of all concerned

the equitable distribution of the property

impartial stresses an absence of favor or prejudice

an impartial third party

unbiased implies even more strongly an absence of all prejudice

your unbiased opinion

dispassionate suggests freedom from the influence of strong feeling and often implies cool or even cold judgment

a dispassionate summation of the facts

objective stresses a tendency to view events or persons as apart from oneself and one's own interest or feelings

I can't be objective about my own child

Synonym: see in addition beautiful .

II. noun

Date: before 12th century

1. obsolete : beauty , fairness

2. : something that is fair or fortunate

3. archaic : woman ; especially : sweetheart

- for fair

- no fair

III. adverb

Date: before 12th century

1. : in a fair manner

play fair

2. chiefly British : fairly 3

fair makes you want to cry

IV. verb

Date: 1819

intransitive verb

of the weather : clear

transitive verb

: to join so that the external surfaces blend smoothly

V. noun

Etymology: Middle English feire, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin feria weekday, fair, from Late Latin, festal day, from Latin feriae (plural) holidays — more at feast

Date: 13th century

1. : a gathering of buyers and sellers at a particular place and time for trade


a. : a competitive exhibition usually with accompanying entertainment and amusements

an agricultural fair

b. : an exhibition designed to acquaint prospective buyers or the general public with a product

a book fair

c. : an exposition that promotes the availability of services or opportunities

health fair s

job fair s

3. : a sale of assorted articles usually for a charitable purpose

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.