\ 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 Launched five new organic and fair trade estate teas exclusively at Whole Foods. Pratik Joshi, The Denver Post, "Long before ‘natural’ was cool, Celestial Seasonings saw the future in tea leaves," 14 Sep. 2019 Socially responsible investors typically buy stocks in companies that have policies to mitigate climate change or support fair trade, but may avoid companies engaged in fossil fuels, tobacco, alcohol and arms production. Sandra Woien, The Conversation, "Should investors buy marijuana stocks?," 29 Aug. 2019 Many Mississippi State fans insisted swapping longtime head coach Dan Mullen for Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead would be a fair trade, if not an upgrade. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "2019 College Football Rankings: No. 15 Mississippi State looks to get with the program in Year 2 under Joe Moorhead," 10 Aug. 2019 Inside a bright red converted barn along FM 1488 in Magnolia, fair trade, handmade goods of colorful jewelry, blankets and greeting cards line the walls. Jane Stueckemann, Houston Chronicle, "Magnolia nonprofit helps empower women around world," 31 July 2019 Seems like a pretty fair trade, said 150 million people. Michael Andor Brodeur, BostonGlobe.com, "How FaceApp got your data, and why you gave it to them," 18 July 2019 Seems like a fair trade-off for 11-year-old KD though. Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, "Luke Kuechly Lights Up Kid Who Juked Him Out of His Shoes Earlier," 10 July 2019 Such a deal would lead to freer and fairer trade, support more innovation in both countries, and provide a stronger foundation to address nettlesome issues that cannot be tackled within a trade negotiation. Myron Brilliant For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "The trade deal Trump and Xi should agree on at G20," 28 June 2019 So, these barriers to effective and fair trade are systematically being dismantled because of a smart trade policy, and that is what Democrats used to be in favor of. Fox News, "Kevin McCarthy leads charge against social media censorship," 30 Aug. 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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The first known use of fair-trade was in 1914

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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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