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.

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His strategy for the week was dictated in part by the playability of the areas off the fairway, which makes misses with his driver much less costly. Brian Costa, WSJ, "The British Open Sets Up a Clash of Styles," 20 July 2018 Using a 2-iron, his tee shot drifted right, just off the fairway. Jon J. Kerr, chicagotribune.com, "Rust-Oleum Championship notebook: Documenting Nick Hardy's first day as a pro," 8 June 2018 For years, fans packed the fairways and greens for the Buick Open — not just around the famed par-3 17th — and chanted and partied in the heat of our August summers. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "It's a big deal PGA Tour chose Detroit instead of suburbs. Here's why," 30 May 2018 And the fescue looming, like, one yard off the fairway is absolutely brutal. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "FORE Questions: Young Americans Are Dominating Professional Golf," 28 May 2018 His drive sailed far to the right off the fairway and landed behind a TV trailer. Dale Robertson, Houston Chronicle, "Bernhard Langer wins his fourth Insperity Invitational," 6 May 2018 On 11, both players had a downhill approach to the green from the fairway. James Weber, Cincinnati.com, "Grimmer, Squires to play for Met golf championships," 30 June 2018 Five days ago, Johnson holed out from the fairway on the 18th hole to win the FedEx St. Jude by six. Michael Rosenberg, SI.com, "An Underrated Strategist, Dustin Johnson in Full Control of U.S. Open After 67 at Shinnecock," 15 June 2018 The 4,662-square-foot contemporary home sits on 2.72 acres on Stillwater Cove near the Pebble Beach Lodge and the 18th fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links. Sarah Tilton, WSJ, "Oceanfront Home in California’s Golf Paradise Sells for Over $25 Million," 17 Aug. 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 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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