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[fair-haird] /ˈfɛərˌhɛərd/
having light-colored hair.
fair-haired boy, Informal. a person, especially a young one, treated as a favorite or considered especially promising by a superior or the members of a group:
He's the fair-haired boy of the literary set.
Origin of fair-haired
1620-30; fair1 + hair + -ed3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A fair-haired giant in build, with inscrutable eyes and mouth set grim and straight—such was Lars Larssen.

    Swirling Waters Max Rittenberg
  • “A fair-haired fellow,” the last observed in a placid tone, and paused.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • He was big, broad-shouldered, fair-haired and as smooth-shaven as any bullfighter.

    The Wolf Cub Patrick Casey
  • There you will meet a fair-haired young man who knows you by sight.

    The Minister of Evil William Le Queux
  • Here and there a fair-haired Basque studied his hand meantime, waiting without protest.

  • And The Man—the bandit—a fair-haired canary, an inch shorter than she is!

    Jane Journeys On Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • "I will be more fascinating, more coquettish than ever," said Camilla to the fair-haired Flavia, her friend and confidante.

  • Beside it was another picture—that of a fair-haired girl, her mother.

    Hunter's Marjory Margaret Bruce Clarke
  • He was a fair-haired, well-made young lad, looking like a sailor, and every inch a gentleman.

    Lady Anna Anthony Trollope

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