From Middle English fayr, feir, fager, from Old English fæġer (“fair, lovely, beautiful; pleasant, agreeable; attractive”), from Proto-Germanic *fagraz (“suitable, fitting, nice”), from Proto-Indo-European *paḱ- (“to fasten, place”). Cognate with Scots fayr, fare (“fair”), Danish feir, faver, fager (“fair, pretty”), Norwegian fager (“fair, pretty”), Swedish fager (“fair, pretty”), Icelandic fagur (“beautiful, fair”), Umbrian pacer (“gracious, merciful, kind”), Slovak pekný (“good-looking, handsome, nice”).
fair (comparative fairer, superlative fairest)
- (literary or archaic) Beautiful, of a pleasing appearance, with a pure and fresh quality.
- Monday's child is fair of face.
- There was once a knight wooed a fair young maid.
- 1917, Edgar Rice Burroughs, A Princess of Mars, edition HTML, The Gutenberg Project, published 2008:
- "It was a purely scientific research party sent out by my father's father, the Jeddak of Helium, to rechart the air currents, and to take atmospheric density tests," replied the fair prisoner, in a low, well-modulated voice.
- 2010, Stephan Grundy, Beowulf, Fiction, iUniverse, ISBN 9781440156977, page 33:
- And yet he was also, though many generations separated them, distant cousin to the shining eoten-main Geard, whom the god Frea Ing had seen from afar and wedded; and to Scatha, the fair daughter of the old thurse Theasa, who had claimed a husband from among the gods as weregild for her father's slaying: often, it was said, the ugliest eotens would sire the fairest maids.
- Unblemished (figuratively or literally); clean and pure; innocent.
- After scratching out and replacing various words in the manuscript, he scribed a fair copy to send to the publisher.
- one's fair name
- Light in color, pale, particularly as regards skin tone but also referring to blond hair.
- She had fair hair and blue eyes.
- Just, equitable.
- He must be given a fair trial.
- Adequate, reasonable, or decent.
- The patient was in a fair condition after some treatment.
- (nautical, of a wind) Favorable to a ship's course.
- (baseball) Between the baselines.
Terms derived from fair (adjective)
light in color or pale
- Irish: fionn (ga)
- Italian: biondo (hair), chiaro (skin)
- Japanese: 色白の (ja) (いろじろの, irojiro-no)
- Romansch: (Rumantsch Grischun, Sutsilvan, Surmiran, Puter, Vallader) cler (rm), (Sursilvan) clar (rm)
- Russian: светлый (ru) (svétlyj)
- Scottish Gaelic: bàn, fionn
- Spanish: pastel (es)
- Swedish: ljuslagd (sv), blond (sv)
- Turkish: açık (tr), beyaz tenli (tr)
- Arabic: حَقَّانِيّ (ar), عادِل (ar), عَدْل (ar), مُحِقّ (ar), مُصِيب (ar), مُقْسِط (ar), مُنْصِف (ar), نَزْه (ar), نَزِيه (ar)
- Armenian: արդար (hy) (ardar)
- Bashkir: ғәҙел (ğäðel)
- Bulgarian: справедлив (bg) (spravedliv)
- Mandarin: 公正的 (cmn) (gōngzhèng de)
- Czech: fér (cs)
- Danish: retfærdig (da)
- Dutch: eerlijk, rechtvaardig, rechtschapen, correct, fair
- Esperanto: justa (eo)
- Finnish: reilu (fi), rehellinen (fi), oikeudenmukainen (fi), puolueeton (fi), tasapuolinen (fi)
- French: juste (fr), équitable (fr) m and f
- German: fair (de)
- Greek: δίκαιος (el) (díkaios) m
- Hebrew: הוגן (he) (hogén) m, פייר (he) (fér) (slang), צודק (he) (tsodék) m
- Hungarian: igazságos (hu)
- Irish: réasúnta (ga)
- Italian: giusto (it) m, giusta (it) f, equo (it) m, equa (it) f
- Japanese: 公正な (ja) (こうせいな, kōsei-na), 公平な (ja) (こうへいな, kōhei-na)
- Malay: adil (ms)
- Polish: sprawiedliwy (pl) m
- Portuguese: honesto (pt), justo (pt), equilibrado (pt)
- Russian: справедливый (ru) (spravedlívyj), правомерный (ru) (pravomérnyj), че́стный (ru) (čéstnyj)
- Scottish Gaelic: cothromach (gd)
- Spanish: justo (es), equitativo (es)
- Swedish: rättvis (sv)
- Turkish: âdil (tr), âdilâne (tr), doğru (tr), hakkaniyetli (tr)
adequate, reasonable, decent
- Arabic: مَأْذُون (ar), مُبَاح (ar), مُجَاز (ar), مُسَوَّغ (ar), مُسَوَّغ (ar), مُشْتَرَع (ar), مُشَرَّع (ar), مَشْرُوع (ar), مُصَرَّحٌ (ar), مَقْبُول (ar)
- Armenian: արդար (hy) (ardar)
- Bulgarian: значителен (bg) (značitelen), задоволителен (bg) (zadovolitelen)
- Mandarin: 相當的 (cmn), 相当的 (cmn) (xiāngdāng de)
- Danish: rimelig (da)
- Dutch: redelijk, schappelijk, doenbaar
- Finnish: kohtuullinen (fi), kohtalainen (fi), kelvollinen (fi)
- German: den Umständen entsprechend; angebracht; erträglich, ganz ordentlich (colloquial)
nautical: favorable to a ship's course
baseball: between the baselines
fair (plural fair)
- Something which is fair (in various senses of the adjective).
- When will we learn to distinguish between the fair and the foul?
- (obsolete) A woman, a member of the ‘fair sex’; also as a collective singular, women.
- 1744, Georg Friedrich Händel, Hercules, act 2, scene 8
- Love and Hymen, hand in hand,
- Come, restore the nuptial band!
- And sincere delights prepare
- To crown the hero and the fair.
- 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 39:
- In enjoying, therefore, such place of rendezvous, the British fair ought to esteem themselves more happy than any of their foreign sisters [...].
- 1819, Lord Byron, Don Juan, III.24:
- If single, probably his plighted Fair / Has in his absence wedded some rich miser [...].
fair (third-person singular simple present fairs, present participle fairing, simple past and past participle faired)
- To smoothen or even a surface (especially a connection or junction on a surface).
- To bring into perfect alignment (especially about rivet holes when connecting structural members).
- To construct or design a structure whose primary function is to produce a smooth outline or reduce air drag or water resistance.
- (obsolete) To make fair or beautiful.
- Fairing the foul.
- (to reduce air drag or water resistance): to streamline
to bring into perfect alignment
to producea smooth outline
fair (comparative more fair, superlative most fair)
- Clearly; openly; frankly; civilly; honestly; favorably; auspiciously; agreeably.
From Old French feire, from Latin fēriae.
fair (plural fairs)
- A community gathering to celebrate and exhibit local achievements.
- An event for public entertainment and trade, a market.
- An event for professionals in a trade to learn of new products and do business.
professional event, trade fair
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- just, equitable, adequate, honest, in good spirit
- ein faires Spiel
- Es ist nur fair, auch wenn alle gleich schlecht behandelt werden.
fair (present analytic faireann, future analytic fairfidh, verbal noun faire, past participle fairthe)
- to watch
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