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 After a pair of pars on the 12th and 13th holes, the Americans won the 14th and tied the match with birdie after Wiesberger’s second shot from the fairway went just 68 yards, leaving another 44 yards to reach the green. USA TODAY, 25 Sep. 2021 Lee6 birdied again on 10, eagled 11, bogeyed 17 after swiping an approach way wide from the fairway, and birdied 18. BostonGlobe.com, 25 July 2021 McIlroy, running from the fairway to the green in the fading light, birdied 18 to reach 1 under and avoid an early alarm clock. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 June 2021 On the 18th in the playoff, Morikawa missed the green from the fairway. Doug Ferguson, orlandosentinel.com, 7 June 2021 With Masters week among us, you might be left pondering how a golf outfit can make the transition from the fairway to the clubhouse. Colleen Sheehan, Town & Country, 9 Apr. 2021 But when Morikawa walked down the 18th fairway, loudly cheered on by the crowded galleries, his two-stroke lead was secure. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 18 July 2021 McIlroy was planning to join her, and maybe take a peek himself from the balcony overlooking Torrey Pines at the leaders making their way down the 18th fairway in the U.S. Open. Arkansas Online, 20 June 2021 The Ropeline Space for 100 on the rope from the green to the manual scoreboard, then room for another 300 people stretching halfway down the fairway. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 June 2021

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First Known Use of fairway

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

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“Fairway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fairway. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce fairway (audio) \

Kids Definition of fairway

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

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