\ 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 Beautiful back story: this brand is a social enterprise that sources fair trade, natural and organic essential oils to support farmers rebuilding after war or strife. Pamela Edwards Chrisitiani, Essence, "Best in Black Beauty Awards: More, More, More!," 5 May 2021 And Mother Earth—everything is fair trade, organic and handcrafted in small batches. Anna Haines, Forbes, "The Best Sweet Treats For The Health-Conscious Mom," 5 May 2021 These organizations participate in fair trade by using a just and transparent supply chain for production. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, "8 Sustainability Terms You Need to Know," 29 Apr. 2021 So are these details a fair trade-off when considering the rest of the show’s bounty thus far? Devon Maloney, Vulture, "Shadow and Bone Recap: Yours to Lose," 23 Apr. 2021 See bedding, throws and pillows that are handsome and fair trade. oregonlive, "The best eco-friendly products for a healthy home: Earth Day is Thursday," 21 Apr. 2021 Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel-winning economist, noted that the US is guilty of erecting some of these barriers to fair trade. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, "Why Joe Biden’s multibillion-dollar vaccine aid pledges are meaningless," 19 Apr. 2021 Any policy regarding immigrants at our borders has to start with the recognition of our own responsibility in two of the major problems that lead to migration from nations to the south: climate change and lack of fair trade. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Immunizations, immigration, Asian Americans, mass shootings," 26 Mar. 2021 In the Gulf of Mexico, Del Pacifico, a wholesaler of shrimp certified as fair trade, equips its boats with a solar-powered tracker from a company called Pelagic Data Systems. Popular Science, "Post-pandemic seafood could be more sustainable. Here’s how tech is driving the change.," 23 Feb. 2021

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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 18 May. 2021.

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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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