\ ˈfer-ˈtrād How to pronounce fair-trade (audio) \
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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Other Words from fair-trade


fair trader noun

Examples of fair-trade in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Their work has been honored with the Fair for Life certification, a third-party that designates companies committed to fair trade and social accountability. Harmless Harvest, Bon Appétit, "Why We Can't Get Enough of this New Addition to the Yogurt Aisle," 24 Feb. 2020 County Council members said charging utilities was a fair trade-off for access to public land. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "Judge rejects King County plan to charge utilities rent for use of roads," 6 Sep. 2018 Write About Now Shopping fair trade isn’t hard, especially in Northeast Ohio. cleveland, "Shop local, shop fair: How to change the world with your wallet," 20 Apr. 2020 Also, his goods are sold at Just Goods fair trade shop in Shorewood, the Waxwing on the east side, and on his website. May Klisch, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Love of Wisconsin is on display in home decor items made by local artists," 7 Feb. 2020 Clearly, these behaviors directly contradict what many countries deem to be fair trade practices. Justin Sherman, Wired, "The US Is Waging War on Digital Trade Barriers," 10 Apr. 2020 Woodworking, photography, fiber arts, painting, pottery, jewelry, live music, raffles, kids activities, fair trade market and more. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: Jan. 27-Feb. 2," 27 Jan. 2020 Neighborly, which carries fair trade and ethically sourced products, many of them with Chicago themes, has exceeded sales expectations and is having trouble keeping some of the more popular items in stock, said owner Jenny Beorkrem. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz, chicagotribune.com, "'We’re trying to get people to notice.’ Riverwalk marketplace’s small vendors cope with weather, late start, hidden location in first season.," 29 Aug. 2019 If the net result is a fair trade deal with Beijing that includes long-term supply agreements for oil and gas, America's producers and the business community, in general, will be pleased. Dan K. Eberhart For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Thank Trump for America's new oil markets," 9 Aug. 2019

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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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“Fair-trade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fair-trade. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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

Other Words from fair-trade

fair trade noun
fair trader noun

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