Meaning of FAIR in English


1. adj., adv., n., & v.


1. just, unbiased, equitable; in accordance with the rules.

2 blond; light or pale in colour or complexion.

3 a of (only) moderate quality or amount; average. b considerable, satisfactory (a fair chance of success).

4 (of weather) fine and dry; (of the wind) favourable.

5 clean, clear, unblemished (fair copy).

6 beautiful, attractive.

7 archaic kind, gentle.

8 a specious (fair speeches). b complimentary (fair words).

9 Austral. & NZ complete, unquestionable.


1. in a fair manner (play fair).

2 exactly, completely (was hit fair on the jaw).


1. a fair thing.

2 archaic a beautiful woman.


1. tr. make (the surface of a ship, aircraft, etc.) smooth and streamlined.

2 intr. dial. (of the weather) become fair.

Phrases and idioms:

fair and square adv. & adj.

1. exactly.

2 straightforward, honest, above-board. fair crack of the whip see CRACK. a fair deal equitable treatment. fair dos colloq. fair shares. fair enough colloq. that is reasonable or acceptable. fair game a thing or person one may legitimately pursue, exploit, etc. fair-minded just, impartial. fair-mindedly justly, impartially. fair-mindedness a sense of justice; impartiality. fair name a good reputation. fair play reasonable treatment or behaviour. fair rent the amount of rent which a tenant may reasonably be expected to pay according to established guidelines. the fair sex women. fair's fair colloq. all involved should act fairly. fair-spoken courteous. a fair treat colloq. a very enjoyable or attractive thing or person. fair-weather friend a friend or ally who is unreliable in times of difficulty. for fair US sl. completely. in a fair way to likely to.


fairish adj. fairness n.

Etymology: OE f{aelig}ger f. Gmc 2. n.1 a gathering of stalls, amusements, etc., for public (usu. outdoor) entertainment.

2 a periodical gathering for the sale of goods, often with entertainments.

3 an exhibition, esp. to promote particular products.

Etymology: ME f. OF feire f. LL feria sing. f. L feriae holiday

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.