\ ˈō-pən-ˈer \

Definition of open-air

 (Entry 1 of 2)

open air


Definition of open air (Entry 2 of 2)

: the space where air is unconfined especially : outdoors

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Synonyms & Antonyms for open-air

Synonyms: Adjective

alfresco, out-of-door (or out-of-doors), outdoor (also outdoors), outdoorsy

Synonyms: Noun

nature, open, out-of-doors, outdoors, wild, wilderness

Antonyms: Adjective


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Examples of open-air in a Sentence


a family of city dwellers who can't wait to go camping in the open air

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

With a buzzy list of interior and antique shops, cheese and specialty purveyors, cocktail bars and open air markets, there’s something for every discerning traveler. Ariel Okin, Vogue, "A Tiny Town Neighboring Napa Is the Next California Culinary Destination," 5 July 2018 In the background, some hikers pitched tents or searched for spots to place their sleeping bags in the open air under the stars. Salma Islam,, "A long-distance hiking trail in Egypt has reunited Bedouin tribes in the name of jobs and tourism," 21 June 2018 The popular open air Promenade Park in the coastal city of Limassol will offer uninhibited views of the 2018 lunar eclipse. Gabby Raymond, Time, "These Are the Best Places to See the Lunar Eclipse on July 27," 10 July 2018 The scenic park features an open air amphitheater that hosts family friendly events in the summer. Zahria Rogers, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky's 7 best parks and recreation areas that you have to explore," 29 June 2018 After that, Aquatica Orlando employees got the perk of being among the first to ride Ray Rush, which features an open air half-pipe that resembles a manta ray to serve as inspiration for the slide’s name. Gabrielle Russon,, "SeaWorld Aquatica's Ray Rush ride was months in the making," 11 May 2018 In the early 2000s, the fashion shifted again, back to the open air destinations of Streets of Tanasbourne and Bridgeport Village. Lizzy Acker,, "What is a mall in 2018? How Portland shopping centers change to meet new consumer demands," 7 May 2018 The agreement also commits the company to draw water off the surface of the unlined, open air basins at the three plants by 2019 in hopes of reducing or eliminating the leaks. Washington Post, "Duke Energy agrees to $156K fine for coal ash pollution," 13 Apr. 2018 Meanwhile, a small patio out back offers access to the open air. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Recycled concrete and brick home has zero carbon footprint," 9 July 2018

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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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The first known use of open-air was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of open-air

: located outside rather than inside a building

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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