Fair
Fair Fair, n. [OE. feire, OF. feire, F. foire, fr. L. fariae, pl., days of rest, holidays, festivals, akin to festus festal. See {Feast}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

2. A festival, and sale of fancy articles. erc., usually for some charitable object; as, a Grand Army fair; a church fair. [1913 Webster]

3. A competitive exhibition of wares, farm products, etc., not primarily for purposes of sale; as, the Mechanics' fair; an agricultural fair. [1913 Webster]

4. an exhibition by a number of organizations, including governmental organizations, for the purpose of acquainting people with such organizations or their members, not primarily for commercial purposes; as, the 1939 World's Fair. [PJC]

Meet me in St. Louis, Louis Meet me at the fair Don't tell me the lights are shining Anyplace but there. --Song (1904: words by Andrew B. Sterling, music by Kerry Mills, popularized by Billy Murray. Prominent in the movie "Meet Me In St. Louis", 1944) [PJC]

{After the fair}, Too late. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]


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