Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: feire, from Latin feriae 'holidays'


2 noun
fair2 [countable]
1 also funfair British English a form of outdoor entertainment, at which there are large machines to ride on and games in which you can win prizes [= carnival American English]
2 American EnglishTA an outdoor event, at which there are large machines to ride on, games to play, and sometimes farm animals being judged and sold

book/antiques/craft/trade etc fair

BBA an event at which people or businesses show and sell their products:
the Frankfurt Book Fair
an antiques fair
a trade fair (=where companies show their newest products)
a craft fair (=where people sell handmade products such as jewellery, paintings etc)

job/careers fair

an event where people go to get information about different kinds of jobs
5 British EnglishDLO an outdoor event with games and things to eat and drink, usually organized to get money for a school, club etc [= fête]
6 British English old-fashionedTA a market where animals and farm products are sold:
a horse fair

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