\ 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

Other Words from fair-trade


fair trader noun

Examples of fair-trade in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Our nutrition pros especially appreciate the use of fair trade chocolate and that the candies are free from sugar alcohols. Good Housekeeping, 9 Aug. 2022 Beyond Barcodes offers a diverse stock of books for all ages, as well as fair trade goods like coffee and tea. Claire Rafford, The Indianapolis Star, 13 July 2022 Consumers are looking at environmental impact, fair trade supply chains and inclusive corporate policies. Laureen Knudsen, Forbes, 6 July 2022 Companies also need to be aware of and have plans for a circular economy, the right to repair, corporate social responsibility and fair trade. Laureen Knudsen, Forbes, 6 July 2022 Between stints in public service, Mr. Polite spent a year at Entergy Corp. , where his job was to ensure the utility’s 12,500 employees didn’t fall afoul of state and federal rules on fair trade and government contracting. Dylan Tokar, WSJ, 12 July 2022 Sneakerheads across the globe are familiar with the French label's commitment to transparency, fair trade, and use of organic materials (all of which is detailed on Veja's website). Amanda Randone, refinery29.com, 7 Apr. 2022 Companies may also use profits from fair trade goods to to invest in things like health insurance or to provide employees with bicycles. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, 2 June 2022 Now may be a chance to turn the tide and reemerge as a champion of free and fair trade — or face a future further in doubt. Jamey Keaten, ajc, 11 June 2022 See More

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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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“Fair-trade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fair-trade. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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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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