\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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This year the store launched a line that uses fair trade gemstones and ethically sourced metals, and jewelry sales are now trending 25 percent ahead of last year. Micaela Marini Higgs, Vox, "The complicated relationship between art and commerce has a home in the museum gift shop.," 7 Nov. 2018 At least Luna & Larry lists organic coconut milk first, along with other organic ingredients like organic fair trade cocoa, making it a better choice for those more conscious about the quality and origin of an ice cream's ingredients. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "The scoop on dairy-free 'ice creams'," 8 June 2018 Mangels said the cafe offers Puro fair trade coffee, a Belgian brand that isn't available anywhere else in the United States, as well as other beverages, pastries and some limited snack/menu items. Carol Kovach, cleveland.com, "Westlake Porter Public Library seeks five-year, 2.8-mill operating levy renewal," 19 Feb. 2018 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

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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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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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