1 fair /ˈfeɚ/ adjective
fairer; fairest
1 fair
fairer; fairest
Learner's definition of FAIR
: agreeing with what is thought to be right or acceptable
: treating people in a way that does not favor some over others
: not too harsh or critical
: not very good or very bad : of average or acceptable quality
approving : reasonably good : good although usually not excellent
always used before a noun : reasonably large used to describe an amount or size that is not small although it is also not extremely large
of a person's hair, skin, etc. : having a light color
opposite dark
literary + old-fashioned : attractive or pleasing to look at
baseball : in the area between the foul lines
◊ A fair ball is a batted ball that lands in the area between the foul lines.
compare foul

a fair bit

see 1bit

a fair shake

see 2shake

all's fair in love and war

used to describe a situation in which people do not follow the usual rules of behavior and do things that are normally considered unfair

bid fair

see 1bid

fair and square

: in an honest and fair manner

fair crack of the whip

see 2crack

fair enough

used to say that something is reasonable or fair

fair's fair

used to say that something was done or should be done because it is fair

fair to say

◊ A comment that is fair to say is reasonable and is not expected to cause argument.

fair warning

: enough warning to be able to avoid something bad

it's a fair cop

see 1cop

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noun [noncount]
2 fair /ˈfeɚ/ noun
plural fairs
2 fair
plural fairs
Learner's definition of FAIR
: a large public event at which there are various kinds of competitions, games, rides, and entertainment
especially US : such an event at which farm products and farm animals are shown and judged
: an event at which many people gather to buy things or to get information about a product or activity
: an event at which different things (such as crafts or food) are sold usually for charity