fair·​way | \ ˈfer-ˌwā How to pronounce fairway (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web DeChambeau and Wolff blasted drives down the fairway on the par-5 ninth. Doug Ferguson, Houston Chronicle, "Bryson DeChambeau blasts way to U.S. Open title," 20 Sep. 2020 DeChambeau and Wolff blasted drives down the fairway on the par-5 ninth. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Bryson DeChambeau wins U.S. Open; Utahn Tony Finau ties for 8th place," 20 Sep. 2020 That's not the kind of game that usually wins U.S. Opens, which are set up to reward players who drive it in the fairway and keep their approaches below the hole. Tim Dahlberg, Star Tribune, "Column: DeChambeau ups distance debate with Open win," 20 Sep. 2020 Johnson already was 10 shots ahead of him, and then smashed a drive down the fairway and made a 15-foot birdie putt. Doug Ferguson, orlandosentinel.com, "From fairway, Dustin Johnson builds 5-shot lead at East Lake in Tour Championship," 6 Sep. 2020 Eyes on the green: How one golfer maintains good vision on the fairway and beyond Getting this Treasure is impossible! Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar Weekly with Nathan Brown: Recapping a memorable Indy 500," 28 Aug. 2020 His tee shot on the second hole then found the rough to the left of the fairway, which led to another bogey. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "Matthew Wolff Leads Bryson DeChambeau at U.S. Open as Power Paves the Way," 19 Sep. 2020 Spanish amateur Eduard Rousand holed out for eagle from the first fairway with his second shot in his U.S. Open debut. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "U.S. Open Round 2 live stream (9/18): How to watch Winged Foot online, TV, time, tee times," 18 Sep. 2020 While his father, Mark, and big brother, Derek, waited for him in the golf cart, young Ricky Castillo suddenly would take off sprinting down the fairway after his ball — too eager to wait for anyone before taking another whack at it. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Gators golfer Ricky Castillo eager to test is game at U.S. Open," 15 Sep. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'fairway.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of fairway

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about fairway

Time Traveler for fairway

Time Traveler

The first known use of fairway was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for fairway

Last Updated

14 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Fairway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fairway. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for fairway


How to pronounce fairway (audio)

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 How to pronounce fairway (audio) \

Kids Definition of fairway

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

More from Merriam-Webster on fairway

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about fairway

Comments on fairway

What made you want to look up fairway? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!