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Definition of open-air

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open air


Definition of open air (Entry 2 of 2)

: the space where air is unconfined especially : outdoors

Synonyms & Antonyms for open-air

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of open-air in a Sentence

Noun a family of city dwellers who can't wait to go camping in the open air
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The open air allowed soldiers to breathe in the fumes from the burn pits fires, which have now been linked to some cardiovascular and respiratory conditions. Anna Kaufman, USA TODAY, 3 Aug. 2022 The important thing was working together in the open air on the trails. New York Times, 18 July 2022 Don’t miss their colorful margaritas, perfect for sipping with the ocean breeze from their open air, ocean-facing high-top tables. Anna Haines, Forbes, 2 June 2022 Watkins says the open air of your kitchen or dining room has plenty of ventilation to allow the ethylene to dissipate, though, as Strawn notes, bananas are particularly susceptible to ripening in the presence of other bananas. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 31 May 2022 Nice weather brings people outdoors, where wind and open air can blunt viral transmission, even from that person who is coughing uncontrollably. Kent Sepkowitz, CNN, 21 Mar. 2022 Wriggling through the open air with all the ferocity of a running back at crunch time was a lone salmon, leaping upstream in a valiant effort to spawn. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 24 June 2021 The venue combines the atmosphere of a sanctuary with stunning British open air woodlands. Lisa Kocay, Forbes, 1 July 2022 The natatio, an open air bath, was the size of an Olympic swimming pool. Livia Borghese, CNN, 26 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of open-air


1830, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Open-air.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for open-air

open air


Kids Definition of open air

: space that is not enclosed or covered

Other Words from open-air

open-air adjective An open-air concert will be held in the park.

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