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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 bodies would be salted, frozen or dried as stockfish—unsalted fish that’s hung for months in the open air to dry—and then exported for food. Rebecca Katzman, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Jan. 2022 After two months living in the open air in this high-altitude city, amid smoke from cooking fires, Queracama’s 21-month-old son, Yonquin, fell ill. Washington Post, 5 Jan. 2022 Here are some of the best spots, many in the open air. Ben Crandell,, 30 Dec. 2021 Pulaski Road was a main corridor for open air drug markets, where people were seen dealing drugs on most of its corners, Lightfoot said. Stephanie Casanova,, 30 Dec. 2021 Venice also canceled its open air concerts and New Year's Eve fireworks. Forrest Brown, CNN, 22 Dec. 2021 Its shabby grandeur, narrow alleys and sweeping views of the Bay of Naples with Vesuvius as a backdrop make the city a natural open air film set. New York Times, 17 Dec. 2021 The open air shopping center is located at 600 Market St. Diana Bravo,, 15 Dec. 2021 Amber Days is entering the activewear and womenswear space with beautiful baby pink satin-like sets fluttering in the wind at the open air runway. Maggie Zhou,, 19 Nov. 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 18 Jan. 2022.

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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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