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

Examples of fairway in a Sentence

Her shot landed at the left side of the fairway.
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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 23 Jun. 2024.

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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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