fair·​ground | \ ˈfer-ˌgrau̇nd How to pronounce fairground (audio) \

Definition of fairground

: an area where outdoor fairs, circuses, or exhibitions are held often used in plural with singular constructionwhat a spot for a fairgrounds— W. L. Gresham

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Recent Examples on the Web For individuals who rely on the festival and similar events for their livelihoods, like fairground-ride owners, the current situation is devastating. Kate Mann, Condé Nast Traveler, "With Oktoberfest 2020 Canceled, Munich Is Feeling the Blow," 4 June 2020 No events are occurring at the fairgrounds through the end of June. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Some state fairs have been canceled. Here's the current plan for the Indiana State Fair.," 28 May 2020 The Kentucky National Guard has been asked to help assemble beds and other equipment at the fairgrounds. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Coronavirus news roundup: Beshear responds to critics about Easter gatherings as cases rise," 11 Apr. 2020 Detroit set up several stations at the fairgrounds to allow for drive-up testing for the coronavirus. Charlie Leduff, Los Angeles Times, "‘It’s like we’re expendable’: Detroit’s first responders fall to COVID-19 pandemic," 1 Apr. 2020 Douglas County Public Health Officer Bob Dannenhoffer and Dr. Jason Gray, chief medical officer at CHI Mercy Medical Center, performed tests on 17 people Tuesday at the fairgrounds. oregonlive, "Douglas County tries drive-thru coronavirus testing," 18 Mar. 2020 Cal Fire said its camps may end up taking up a larger footprint, such as two fairgrounds instead of one, or a large parking lot, to provide adequate spacing among crews. Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times, "California faces a perilous fire season as coronavirus threatens firefighters," 10 May 2020 Port officials in the area had filled their existing lots and were investigating temporarily storing the vehicles at places like nearby fairgrounds and military bases. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "2000 Nissan, Infiniti Vehicles Floated for a Week Off Los Angeles Coast," 3 May 2020 The blanket toss took place at The Gathering Place — an area dedicated to celebrating Alaska Native tradition that was first added to the fairgrounds in 2014, then expanded. Samantha Davenport, Anchorage Daily News, "Daredevils, funnel cake, bonsai: Scenes from the Alaska State Fair," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of fairground

1741, in the meaning defined above

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18 Jun 2020

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“Fairground.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fairground. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fairground

: an outdoor area where fairs, circuses, and exhibitions are held


fair·​ground | \ ˈfer-ˌgrau̇nd How to pronounce fairground (audio) \

Kids Definition of fairground

: an area set aside for fairs, circuses, or exhibitions

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