fair·​way | \ˈfer-ˌwā \

Definition of fairway 

1a : a navigable part of a river, bay, or harbor

b : an open path or space

2 : the closely mowed part of a golf course between a tee and a green

Examples of fairway in a Sentence

Her shot landed at the left side of the fairway.

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Rooms have fireplaces and private decks overlooking the gardens, oceanside fairways, and Carmel Bay. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Even with Jordan Spieth capping off a great year, Rory McIlroy holing out a shot from the fairway, Bill Haas splashing out of a lake to make par in a playoff, golf had to compete with America's most popular sport. Doug Ferguson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Ferguson: PGA Championship move to May crucial to Tour's schedule tweaks," 11 July 2018 Ron Prichard restored the Ross design in 2003, reviving a layout with rolling fairways, elaborate bunkering, lakes and long grasses. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Ageless Bernhard Langer brings his game to Exmoor in Highland Park for Senior Players Championship," 5 July 2018 The minor projects left to do include painting the gazebo at Deer Ridge, moving sand that shifted on the River Grove Park disc golf course to even out the fairway, and replacing the entry bulletin board at East End Park. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "KSA wraps-up $350,000 in repairs to Kingwood parks after Harvey," 8 June 2018 His tee shot was in the fairway, but his second and third shots did not find the green. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "What Was Phil Mickelson Thinking?," 16 June 2018 Fans flocked to the Stadium Course, jockeyed for position around the tee boxes and lined the fairways to watch a trio featuring the two best players of their generation. Edgar Thompson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Tiger Woods slips under cut line at TPC, trails leader Webb Simpson by 14 shots," 12 May 2018 Reporters piling into golf carts and running along fairways trying to keep up. Jill Colvin And Paul Kelbie, chicagotribune.com, "Trump lies low in Scotland ahead of high-stakes meeting with Putin," 14 July 2018 Reporters piling into golf carts and running along fairways trying to keep up. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump back in Scotland ahead of Putin talks," 14 July 2018

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First Known Use of fairway

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of fairway

: the part of a golf course that has short grass and that lies between a tee and a green


fair·​way | \ˈfer-ˌwā \

Kids Definition of fairway

: the mowed part of a golf course between a tee and a green

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