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open air

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: the space where air is unconfined
especially : outdoors

Example Sentences

Noun a family of city dwellers who can't wait to go camping in the open air
Recent Examples on the Web
Border Patrol has used similar open-air holding areas in parts of the San Diego-Tijuana border for months. Kate Morrissey, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 May 2023 At the border Friday afternoon, hundreds of migrants were still camped out between two layers of border fencing, along a strip of land that, in recent months, Border Patrol agents have used as an open-air holding cell. Marisa Gerber, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2023 Situated on a 26-acre expanse near downtown Napa, this open-air venue, typically associated with dog shows, craft fairs and carnivals, undergoes an overhaul to accommodate the lavishness of the event. Aidin Vaziri, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 May 2023 The open-air Sony LinkBuds wireless earbuds are on sale for their second-best price of $138 at Amazon and $139.99 at Best Buy — a discount of $40. Antonio G. Di Benedetto, The Verge, 15 May 2023 The vroom of race cars crescendoed by day during the Miami race weekend, but by night the hip-grinding beats of Latin music’s most successful producer dominated at a lush open-air nightclub in the Wynwood Art District. Jess Swanson, Billboard, 15 May 2023 For the best barbecue, drive to Salt Lick Barbecue in Driftwood, which has been cooking for guests on open-air barbecue pits since 1967. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 14 May 2023 The shopping district is planned to include open-air retail around a common green space. Corina Vanek, The Arizona Republic, 13 May 2023 In Tijuana, more than 200 people from countries including Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador and Turkey waited in an area between two layers of border wall that has become an open-air holding cell for the U.S. Border Patrol. Carolyn Cole, Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2023
The rest of the patio space is open air. Lauren Beale, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 Many are older and have less natural light and open air space than their upscale competitors. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 29 Mar. 2023 Traveler contributor Erika Owen found the best picks that check both boxes, from Universal Standard puffer jackets to Alder Apparel's open air pants. Madison Flager, Condé Nast Traveler, 18 Jan. 2023 In the rearview mirror is the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum, which will be repurposed, perhaps as a new home for UConn volleyball, and in mind’s eye for the long-time fan, the wooden, open air rink where UConn played home games from the 1965-1998. Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, 13 Jan. 2023 Bahia, an open air restaurant with plenty of shade and fans, serves local favorite dishes and cocktails. Rachel King, Fortune, 24 Dec. 2022 Despite the presence of armed protesters outside the drag show in San Antonio tonight, the pro-LGBTQ counter protest has basically become an open air party. Prem Thakker, The New Republic, 14 Dec. 2022 This leaves fragmented forest edges exposed to the dry open air, which desiccates plants that would normally enjoy the humidity of a thick canopy. WIRED, 6 Feb. 2023 Sol Spin riders will board open air, suspended passenger vehicles and fly 60 feet through the air at 25 mph. Emily Deletter, USA TODAY, 20 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1830, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Open-air.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2023.

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