\ 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 The Federal Court decision was a partial win for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the nation's fair trade watchdog, which has been prosecuting Google for broader alleged breaches of consumer law since October 2019. Rod Mcguirk, Star Tribune, "Australian judge rules Google misled Android users on data," 15 Apr. 2021 Made with fair trade dark chocolate, 69% less sugar than the leading candy bar and no alternative sweeteners, Gigantic comes in flavors like Salted Peanut, Almond Horchata, Banana Pecan, and Hazelnut Café. Claudia Alarcón, Forbes, "How Innovative Food Companies Are Meeting Demand For Healthier Choices Without Sacrificing Flavor," 5 Apr. 2021 The Burbank store, with its colorful fair trade garlands, plants, metal bells, mobiles, pom-poms and suncatchers, may be eclectic, but her skill at mixing colors, patterns and prints is the reason why so many customers keep returning. Los Angeles Times, "She wanted to open a joyful plant shop. It’s now a refuge for the pandemic-weary," 3 Mar. 2021 How can people help tourism-reliant African nations in the absence of tourism during the pandemic? Try to support ancillary industries that promote fair trade and ethical commerce. Lavanya Sunkara, Forbes, "In Conversation With Dr. Gabby Wild, World Traveling Vet Saving Animal Lives," 5 Mar. 2021 The heirloom corn, coffee and chocolate (which is found in the restaurant’s signature Oaxacan hot chocolate) is all fair trade and sourced from Mexican farmers. Alyson Sheppard, Robb Report, "Why This Michelin-Starred Chef Has Left Meat Off the Menu Altogether at His Newest Restaurant," 25 Feb. 2021 These luxury sheets are also fair trade certified, which means farmers and other workers get paid two to three times the industry standard. Carsen Joenk, Popular Science, "Best sheets: Choose the right bed linens for a good night’s sleep," 18 Dec. 2020 For chocolate to be legally sold under the U.S. fair trade system, the production of cocoa must be free of environmental and human rights abuses, specifically child labor. NBC News, "The war on cocoa: Hershey Co. accused of not upholding sustainability efforts in West Africa," 12 Dec. 2020 Young made a point of saying that the prototype’s manufacturer had strict standards for sustainability and fair trade. Mark O’connell, The New Yorker, "Cartoon Saloon and the New Golden Age of Animation," 11 Dec. 2020

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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 6 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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