\ˈfer-ˈtrād \
fair-traded; fair-trading; fair-trades

Definition of fair-trade 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to market (a commodity) in compliance with the provisions of a fair-trade agreement

fair trade


Definition of fair trade (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : trade in conformity with a fair-trade agreement

2 : a movement whose goal is to help producers in developing countries to get a fair price for their products so as to reduce poverty, provide for the ethical treatment of workers and farmers, and promote environmentally sustainable practices

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fair trader noun

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Our Country will have many years of Great Economic & Financial Success, with low taxes, unparalleled innovation, fair trade and an ever expanding labor force leading the way! Claire Zillman, Fortune, "'Let It Rip:' New Adviser Larry Kudlow Quickly Hops on the Trump Express," 15 Mar. 2018 Picking up poop is a fair trade for the social life. Francesca Serritella, Philly.com, "Francesca Serritella: One week without my puppy, and my mental health is hanging by a dog hair," 5 July 2018 Our cotton is certified fair trade by the Fairtrade Labelling Organisation and certified organic by the Global Organic Textile Standard. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "4 Chic Fashion Brands Doing Things Right, Right Now," 2 July 2018 The company sells fair trade and organic sugars, syrups, stevia and honeys. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Sugar Land office building adds 4 tenants," 4 June 2018 Unable to agree on a fair trade of cocaine for Xanax, a Kansas City man shot a Lee's Summit man and stole his pills in 2016, police say in court documents. Katie Bernard, kansascity, "Kansas City man charged with murdering his alleged Xanax dealer," 13 June 2018 But as consumers become more aware of how the hair industry has been operating in the shadows, one new company is stepping up to create a business model that consumers can feel good about: fair trade hair. refinery29.com, "Death Threats & $3 Ponytails: What The Fake Hair Trade Is Hiding," 9 June 2018 While the poncho’s brightly colorful, made-in-Kenya cotton isn’t organic, the product is fair trade and carbon neutral at $78. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area eco-fashion 101: Who, what and wear," 18 Apr. 2018 Trump also called on Congress to move ahead in other areas: • Seeking fair trade. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Immigration, infrastructure top Trump's State of the Union initiatives," 30 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of fair-trade


1947, in the meaning defined above


1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fair-trade was in 1914

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transitive verb

Legal Definition of fair-trade 

: to market (a commodity) in compliance with the provisions of a fair-trade agreement

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