\ 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 Bringing direct trade and fair trade business practices together can be a powerful force for good. Esha Chhabra, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 On the fair trade front, Boyish only works with factories that pay average wages over the minimum wage and its staff makes annual visits to its manufacturing and farming partners. Celia Shatzman, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Apr. 2022 Lai sees invasive species as the food industry’s next frontier, like fair trade coffee and farm-to-table dining before it. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, 22 Apr. 2022 There's also a fair trade market, kids' art activities, live music, raffle prizes and more. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 23 Mar. 2022 Providing domestic firms an advantage over foreign competitors breaches WTO rules on fair trade. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 30 Mar. 2022 The product is fair trade and Rainforest Alliance certified, and bought directly from community farmers. Claire Rafford, The Indianapolis Star, 25 Mar. 2022 The amount raised from the fair trade sale exceeded what the faculty organizers had expected. Paul Eisenberg, chicagotribune.com, 4 Mar. 2022 My coffee tasted like gin and my gin tasted like coffee, but that felt like a fair trade-off since the mug kept the drinks either icy cold or piping hot. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, 3 July 2014 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 20 May. 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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