What is fair?

  • (adj): Free from favoritism or self-interest or bias or deception; or conforming with established standards or rules.
    Example: "A fair referee"; "fair deal"; "on a fair footing"; "a fair fight"; "by fair means or foul"
    Synonyms: just
    See also — Additional definitions below


A fair (archaic: fayre) is a gathering of people to display or trade produce or other goods, to parade or display animals and often to enjoy associated carnival or funfair entertainment. It is normally of the essence of a fair that it is temporary; some last only an afternoon while others may last as long as ten weeks. Activities at fairs vary widely. Some trade fairs are important regular business events where either products are traded between businesspeople, as at the Frankfurt Book Fair, where publishers sell book rights in other markets to other publishers, or where products are showcased to largely consumer attendees, as for example in agricultural districts where they present opportunities to display and demonstrate the latest machinery on the market to farmers.

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Ebernoe Horn Fair
... Ebernoe Horn Fair is held in the small Sussex village of Ebernoe, the location of which is about five miles north of Petworth (grid reference SU975280) ... The fair is held annually on Saint James's Day, 25 July ... Centuries ago horn fairs were boisterous events where cuckoldry and seduction would not be unknown ...
Winterborne St Martin - History
... which allowed the village to hold an annual fair within five days of St Martins Day ... The fair, which in times past was a leading horse market and amusement fair, had been revived but the old-time custom of roasting a ram was replaced once ...
Free Fairs
... Some fairs were free others charged tolls and impositions ... At free fairs, traders, whether natives of the kingdom or foreigners, were allowed to enter the kingdom, and were under royal protection while travelling ... from all duties and impositions, tolls and servitudes merchants going to or coming from the fair could not be arrested, or have their goods stopped ...
North Carolina State Fair
... The North Carolina State Fair is an annual fair and agricultural exposition held in Raleigh, North Carolina, and organized by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services ...
Novo Hamburgo - Industry
... One example of this industry is the National Fair of Shoes held annually in Fenac ... This fair was started locally in 1963 held in a small neighbourhood convention centre ... Today, Fenac is not only home to this fair but also other related fairs such as Fimec (footwear machines exhibition), and Courovisão Ecovisão (Leather Fair) ...

More definitions of "fair":

  • (adj): Attractively feminine.
    Example: "The fair sex"
  • (adj): More than adequate in quality.
    Example: "Fair work"
  • (adv): In conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating.
    Synonyms: fairly, clean
  • (adj): Very pleasing to the eye.
    Example: "Young fair maidens"
    Synonyms: bonny, bonnie, comely
  • (noun): A competitive exhibition of farm products.
    Example: "She won a blue ribbon for her baking at the county fair"
  • (noun): A sale of miscellany; often for charity.
    Synonyms: bazaar
  • (adj): Free of clouds or rain.
    Example: "Today will be fair and warm"
  • (verb): Join so that the external surfaces blend smoothly.
  • (noun): A traveling show; having sideshows and rides and games of skill etc..
    Synonyms: carnival, funfair
  • (adj): (of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections.
    Example: "Fair copy"
    Synonyms: clean
  • (adj): (used of hair or skin) pale or light-colored.
    Example: "A fair complexion"
    Synonyms: fairish
  • (adj): (of a baseball) hit between the foul lines.
    Example: "He hit a fair ball over the third base bag"
  • (adj): Of no exceptional quality or ability.
    Example: "Only a fair performance of the sonata"; "in fair health"
    Synonyms: average, mediocre, middling
  • (adj): Showing lack of favoritism.
    Synonyms: impartial
  • (noun): Gathering of producers to promote business.
    Example: "World fair"; "trade fair"; "book fair"
  • (adj): Visually appealing.
    Example: "Our fair city"
    Synonyms: sightly

Famous quotes containing the word fair:

    Within the circuit of this plodding life
    There enter moments of an azure hue,
    Untarnished fair as is the violet
    Or anemone, when the spring strews them
    By some meandering rivulet, which make
    The best philosophy untrue that aims
    But to console man for his grievances.
    I have remembered when the winter came,
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    Those that she makes fair she scarce makes honest, and those that she makes honest she makes very ill-favoredly.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    It is an old adage, “All is fair in love as in war,” but I thought not of general laws, and only felt a private grievance.
    Jane Grey Swisshelm (1815–1884)