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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

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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 As the death toll mounts, the night skies in some Indian cities glow from the funeral pyres, as crematories are overwhelmed and bodies are burned in the open air. Sheikh Saaliq,, "SOS messages, open-air crematories, panic as coronavirus breaks India’s health system: ‘Please send oxygen to us’," 26 Apr. 2021 The night skies in some Indian cities glow from the funeral pyres, as crematoria are overwhelmed and bodies are burned outside in the open air., "What you need to know about the deadly coronavirus surge in India," 21 Apr. 2021 Now, local youngsters can have some fun in the open air thanks to the local chapter of the national Healthy Kids Running Series, thanks to community coordinator, Stacie Sauter. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Healthy Kids Running Series offers five-week program for children," 18 Apr. 2021 Walking into the open air of the 86th-floor observation deck, the city seems to breathe together. James Panero, WSJ, "An Iconic Beacon Shines Anew," 11 Dec. 2020 Now that tourism is restarting, everything from alfresco breakfast to afternoon tea to sunset cocktails in the open air is fair game. Ann Abel, Forbes, "Where To Chill Out: 11 Perfect Hotel Terraces In Portugal," 5 Apr. 2021 Greg Mathis, a 59-year-old Dallas resident who was in town this week with his family, said he was concerned by the lack of masks but felt safe walking in the open air or dining at a distance from others. al, "Maskless Alabama A&M student at Miami Spring Break: ‘Granny shouldn’t be out here’," 13 Mar. 2021 Located in the Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club, Longhi’s serves prime steaks, fresh island fish, pastas, lobster, and more in an open air setting with ocean views. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "Oahu Travel Guide," 1 Mar. 2021 The pair enjoyed an afternoon cruising around L.A. in an open air tour bus, taking time to chat in between stops at the iconic manse from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and a military-style obstacle course. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth's Christmas Gift for Archie Was... a Waffle Iron," 26 Feb. 2021

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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 10 May. 2021.

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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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