fair·​way ˈfer-ˌwā How to pronounce fairway (audio)
: a navigable part of a river, bay, or harbor
: an open path or space
: the closely mowed part of a golf course between a tee and a green

Example Sentences

Her shot landed at the left side of the fairway.
Recent Examples on the Web The one who hits the golf ball the farthest while staying in the fairway will win the three points. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 1 Feb. 2023 His tee shot landed in the fairway, but his second shot clipped a tree and fell in the rough, 55 yards from the hole. Dallas News, 17 June 2022 The latter would be Spieth last year on the eighth hole, when his tee shot ran through the fairway on the cusp of a cliff with a 60-foot drop to the rocks and ocean below. Dallas News, 2 Feb. 2023 Kingsley plugged his tee shot in a left-side fairway bunker to start Wednesday’s round, scrambled into position to save par, but slid a tense tester past the hole for bogey. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Jan. 2023 The spectators offer polite applause after a drive down the fairway or a putt that goes into the cup. Bruce Martin, Forbes, 24 Jan. 2023 Hammer's big run ended with a bad swing that sent him into the trees right of the par-5 eighth fairway. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Nov. 2022 One or more of these may be rolling onto the final fairway at Pebble Beach to compete for Best of Show when Monterey Car Week Gears up again next August. Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 26 Aug. 2022 Si Woo Kim holed out from 167 yards in the 18th fairway for eagle to cap off a superb finish of 6-under par on his last six holes, giving him a 62 and a share of the lead with J.J. Spaun. Doug Ferguson, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

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

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“Fairway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fairway. Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

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fair·​way ˈfa(ə)r-ˌwā How to pronounce fairway (audio)
: the mowed part of a golf course between a tee and a green

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