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Definitions of fair

  1. of no exceptional quality or ability; "a novel of average merit"; "only a fair performance of the sonata"; "in fair health"; "the caliber of the students has gone from mediocre to above average"; "the performance was middling at best" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a sale of miscellany; often for charity; "the church bazaar" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. very pleasing to the eye; "my bonny lass"; "there's a bonny bay beyond"; "a comely face"; "young fair maidens" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a traveling show; having sideshows and rides and games of skill etc. Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. in conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating; "they played fairly" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. join so that the external surfaces blend smoothly Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. a competitive exhibition of farm products; "she won a blue ribbon for her baking at the county fair" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. gathering of producers to promote business; "world fair"; "trade fair"; "book fair" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. in a fair evenhanded manner; "deal fairly with one another" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. visually appealing; "our fair city" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. (used of hair or skin) pale or light-colored; "a fair complexion"; Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. (of a baseball) hit between the foul lines; "he hit a fair ball over the third base bag" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. (of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections; "fair copy"; "a clean manuscript" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. attractively feminine (especially in the phrase"the fair sex") Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. showing lack of favoritism; "the cold neutrality of an impartial judge" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. free from favoritism or self-interest or bias or deception; or conforming with established standards or rules; "a fair referee"; "fair deal"; "on a fair footing"; "a fair fight"; "by fair means or foul" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  17. free of clouds or rain; "today will be fair and warm" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  18. attractively feminine; "the fair sex" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  19. more than adequate in quality; "fair work" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  20. Openly. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  21. Free from spots, specks, dirt, or imperfection; unblemished; clean; pure. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. Pleasing to the eye; handsome; beautiful. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. Without a dark hue; light; clear; as, a fair skin. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. Distinct; legible; as, fair handwriting. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. Free from any marked characteristic; average; middling; as, a fair specimen. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. Clearly; openly; frankly; civilly; honestly; favorably; auspiciously; agreeably. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. A fair woman; a sweetheart. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. Good fortune; good luck. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. To make fair or beautiful. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. To make smooth and flowing, as a vessel's lines. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. A gathering of buyers and sellers, assembled at a particular place with their merchandise at a stated or regular season, or by special appointment, for trade. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. A festival, and sale of fancy articles. erc., usually for some charitable object; as, a Grand Army fair. Webster Dictionary DB
  33. A competitive exhibition of wares, farm products, etc., not primarily for purposes of sale; as, the Mechanics' fair; an agricultural fair. Webster Dictionary DB
  34. Fairness; beauty. Webster Dictionary DB
  35. Not overcast; cloudless; clear; pleasant; propitious; favorable; - said of the sky, weather, or wind, etc.; as, a fair sky; a fair day. Webster Dictionary DB
  36. Free from obstacles or hindrances; unobstructed; unincumbered; open; direct; - said of a road, passage, etc.; as, a fair mark; in fair sight; a fair view. Webster Dictionary DB
  37. Without sudden change of direction or curvature; smooth; fowing; - said of the figure of a vessel, and of surfaces, water lines, and other lines. Webster Dictionary DB
  38. Characterized by frankness, honesty, impartiality, or candor; open; upright; free from suspicion or bias; equitable; just; - said of persons, character, or conduct; as, a fair man; fair dealing; a fair statement. Webster Dictionary DB
  39. Pleasing; favorable; inspiring hope and confidence; - said of words, promises, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  40. Beautiful; pleasing to the eye or mind; free from any dark hue; blonde; spotless; not cloudy; fine; favorable; prosperous; just; legible; as, she made a fair copy; of good reputation; reasonable; passably good. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  41. A market held at particular times; a sale of useful and fancy goods, etc., for charity. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  42. Distinctly; openly; honestly; politely; favorably. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  43. Fairly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  44. Fairness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  45. Bright; clear; free from blemish; pure; pleasing to the eye; beautiful; free from a dark hue; of a light shade; free from clouds or rain; favorable; unobstructed; open; prosperous; frank; impartial; pleasing; hopeful; moderate. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  46. A fair woman. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  47. A stated market. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  48. Clear; free from blemish; beautiful; light-colored; prosperous; equitable; pleasing. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  49. the fair, the female sex. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  50. Honesty. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  51. Free from cloud or blemish; sunshiny; clear. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  52. Impartial; just; according to rule. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  53. Having light color or complexion. Pleasing; beautiful; flattering; plausible. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  54. Tolerable; passable. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  55. In the direction of a ship's course. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  56. An exhibit of wares or products; a stated market. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  57. In a fair manner; fairly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  58. Clear; free from blemish; free from a dark hue; pleasing to the eye; beautiful; handsome; pure; free from clouds or rain; favourable; prosperous; unobstructed; open; open to attack or access; frank; honest; just; equitable; not effected by insidious or unlawful methods; not foul; candid; not sophistical; honourable; civil; pleasing; moderately good; plain; legible. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  59. Openly; frankly; civilly; caudidly; honestly; equitably; happily; successfully; on good terms. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  60. A fair woman. The fair, the female sex; the one who is fair or fairest. To bid fair, to be likely, or to have a fair prospect. Fair and square, just dealing; honesty. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  61. A stated market in a particular town or city; a stated meeting of buyers and sellers for trade. A fancy fair, a meeting held by ladies for the sale of fancy articles, &c, for charitable purposes. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  62. Beautiful; free from any dark hue; white; spotless; favourable; fine, as weather; prosperous; frank; civil; just; equitable; used in a slightly depreciatory sense, as a fair copy-that is, one not particularly good. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  63. A market held at stated periods. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  64. n. In English law. A greater species of market; a privileged market. It is anincorporeal hereditament, granted by royal patent, or established by prescriptionpresupposing a grant from the crown.In the earlier English law, the franchise to hold a fair conferred certain importantprivileges ; and fairs, as legally recognized institutions, possessed distinctive legalcharacteristics. Most of these privileges and characteristics, however, are now obsolete.In America, fairs, in the ancient technical sense, are unknown, and, in the modern andpopular sense, they are entirely voluntary and non-legal, andtransactions arising in or in connection with them are subject to the ordinary rulesgoverning sales, etc. thelawdictionary.org
  65. Not overcast; cloudless; clear; pleasant; propitious; favorable; -- said of the sky, weather, or wind, etc.; as, a fair sky; a fair day. mso.anu.edu.au
  66. Free from obstacles or hindrances; unobstructed; unincumbered; open; direct; -- said of a road, passage, etc.; as, a fair mark; in fair sight; a fair view. mso.anu.edu.au
  67. Without sudden change of direction or curvature; smooth; fowing; -- said of the figure of a vessel, and of surfaces, water lines, and other lines. mso.anu.edu.au
  68. Characterized by frankness, honesty, impartiality, or candor; open; upright; free from suspicion or bias; equitable; just; -- said of persons, character, or conduct; as, a fair man; fair dealing; a fair statement. mso.anu.edu.au
  69. Pleasing; favorable; inspiring hope and confidence; -- said of words, promises, etc. mso.anu.edu.au
  70. A privileged market. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  71. In England, fairs are granted by the king's patent. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  72. In the United States, fairs are almost unknown. They are recognized in Alabama; Aik. Dig. 409, note; and in North Carolina, where they are regulated by statute. 1 N. C. Rev. St. 282. See Domat, Dr. Public, liv. 1, t. 7, s. 3, n. 1. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  73. An early system on the IBM 705.[Listed in CACM 2(5):1959-05-16]. foldoc_fs
  74. f[=a]r, adj. bright: clear: free from blemish: pure: pleasing to the eye: beautiful: free from a dark hue: of a light shade: free from clouds or rain: favourable: unobstructed: open: prosperous: frank: impartial: just: pleasing: plausible: hopeful: moderate: pretty good.--n. that which is fair: (arch.) a woman.--v.t. to make fair.--v.i. to clear up, as the weather from rain.--adv. kindly, honestly, clearly: straight: (Shak.) favourably.--adjs. FAIR'-AND-SQUARE, honest--also used adverbially; FAIR'-BOD'ING (Shak.), auspicious.--n. FAIR'-COP'Y, the state of a document copied after final correction.--adjs. FAIR'-FACED, with a light complexion: beautiful: specious; FAIR'-HAIRED, having fair or light-coloured hair; FAIR'-HAND, having a fair appearance; FAIR'ISH, somewhat fair: pretty well, pretty drunk.--adv. FAIR'LY.--adj. FAIR'-MIND'ED, judging fairly.--ns. FAIR'NESS; FAIR'-PLAY, honest dealing: justice.--adjs. FAIR'-SEEM'ING, appearing fair; FAIR'-SPOK'EN, bland and civil in language and address.--ns. FAIR'-TRADE, free-trade: a euphemism for smuggling: a mild form of the protective system, in which the basis of economic policy is supposed to be reciprocity or free-trade only with such nations as grant similar privileges--also used adverbially; FAIR'-WAY, the part of a river, roadstead, &c. by which vessels enter or leave.--adj. FAIR'-WEATH'ER, suitable only for fair weather or favourable circumstances.--BE IN A FAIR WAY TO, to be likely to succeed in; KEEP FAIR WITH, to keep on amiable terms with; STAND FAIR WITH, to be in the good graces of.--THE FAIR, THE FAIR SEX, the female sex. [A.S. fæger.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  75. f[=a]r, n. a great periodical market for one kind of merchandise, or for the general sales and purchases of a district: a collection of miscellaneous goods for sale on behoof of charity at a bazaar, &c.--n. FAIR'ING, a present given at a fair, any complimentary gift.--A DAY AFTER THE FAIR, too late; GET ONE'S FAIRING (Scot.), to get one's deserts. [O. Fr. feire--L. feria, holiday.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  76. Periodical gathering for sale of goods, often with shows& entertainments, at place& time fixed by charter, statute, or custom (a day after the f., too late); fancy-f. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  77. Beautiful (the f. sex, the f., women; also archaic as n., a f. =a woman); satisfactory, abundant, (a f. heritage); specious (f. speeches); blond, not dark, (a f. man, complexion, hair, whence fair-haired a.); clean, clear, unblemished, (f. water; f. Copy; f. fame); just, unbiased, equitable, legitimate, (f. & square a. & adv., without finesse, aboveboard; f. trade, principle that reciprocity should be the condition of free trade; a f. field& no favour; all\'s f. in love& war; f. play, equal conditions for all); of moderate quality, not bad, pretty good, whence fairish (2) a.; favourable, promising, gentle, unobstructed. (f. or foul weather; f. -weather friends, not good at need; in a f. way to succeed; by f. means, without violence or fraud; fairway, navigable channel); f.-maid, =fumade; February Fair-maids, snowdrops. Hence fairness n. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  78. Speak one f., address him courteously; f. -spoken (of person), courteous, bland; write out f., as fair copy; hit, fight, f., according to the rules; bid f.; (with strike, fall, &c.) straight, plump, clean. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  79. f. & softly, gently, not so fast, (esp. in protest against over-statement, unfair argument, &c.). Concise Oxford Dictionary
  80. adv. Clearly; openly; frankly; civilly; honestly; favourably. Cabinet Dictionary
  81. n. A fair woman; a handsome female. Cabinet Dictionary
  82. n. [French] Originally a market held at stated times in a town or district, for the interchange of agricultural and manufactured produce; — now an annual holiday gathering for sports and games. Cabinet Dictionary
  83. Beautiful, handsome; not black, not brown, white in the complexion; clear; not cloudy, not foul, not tempestuous; favourable, prosperous; likely to succeed; equal, just; not effected by any insidious or unlawful methods; not practising any fraudulent or insidious arts; open, direct; gentle, not compulsory; mild, not severe; equitable, not injurious. Complete Dictionary
  84. Gently, decently; civilly; successfully; on good terms. Complete Dictionary
  85. A beauty, elliptically a fair woman; honesty, just dealing. Complete Dictionary
  86. An annual or stated meeting of buyers and sellers. Complete Dictionary

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