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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 The nonprofit LAND Studio has raised half of the roughly $500,000 cost of building an open air pavilion at Canal Basin Park. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Coronavirus pandemic gives fresh impetus to global bike boom including trail projects in Cleveland, Northeast Ohio," 27 Dec. 2020 Riding up the construction elevators to the top of the building, another notable — and expensive — feature of the project was the addition of a walk-up 34th level in order to allow for an open air observation deck. Anthony Mcauley | Staff Writer,, "What the Four Seasons' opening means to New Orleans: a key milestone in its recovery," 11 Nov. 2020 Local artists and musicians are hard-pressed to even find small gigs in open air restaurants or bars because their performance, no matter how distanced or safe, would trigger a shutdown. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Commentary: If 2020 was when everything came crashing down, 2021 will be a steep uphill climb," 4 Nov. 2020 The back window also rolls down to allow for a fully open air driving experience. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "The Hummer is making a comeback -- and this time, it's all-electric," 20 Oct. 2020 Now, Lylo is open in a bright, open air space with a simple menu crafted to match the food offerings and pool-side locale. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, "Say hello to Lylo, Phoenix's new poolside bar from the mastermind behind Bitter & Twisted," 2 Sep. 2020 Marr said that would involve tables spread out in the open air with patrons wearing face masks when not eating or drinking. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "'What's a heater gonna do when it's 30 degrees': Restaurants face bleak winter in COVID-19," 16 Dec. 2020 In Rhode Island, for example, residents are prohibited from gathering with even one person outside their household, even in the open air of a public park. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "Why You Can Eat in a Restaurant but Can’t Have Thanksgiving," 25 Nov. 2020 That's because many train stations are open air, and the many stops allow for fresh air to enter the train periodically. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "What to consider when evaluating the safest way to travel amid COVID-19," 30 Oct. 2020

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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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“Open-air.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce open air (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of open-air

: located outside rather than inside a building

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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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