The queen rejoiced, went home, and asked the mirror: “Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who in this land is the fairest of all?”
When she now stepped before the mirror, she said: “Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who in this land is the fairest of all?”
Samoa Air's chief executive, Chris Langton, said charging by weight was the fairest method.
We decided, as a family, that this was the fairest way forward.
And the mirror answered: “You, my queen, are now the fairest of all.”
There remained the youngest daughter, Oweenee—the fairest of them all.
I will not ask you, fairest of your sex, to give your confidence to unauthorised words.
Milton has evidently lavished all his power on this fairest of created beings; but he makes her too nymph-like—too goddess-like.
fairest, forlornest, and saddest of all the cities, and dearest!
Worse and could are the fairest specimens of our irregulars.
Old English fæger "beautiful, lovely, pleasant," from Proto-Germanic *fagraz (cf. Old Saxon fagar, Old Norse fagr, Old High German fagar "beautiful," Gothic fagrs "fit"), perhaps from PIE *pek- "to make pretty" (cf. Lithuanian puošiu "I decorate").
The meaning in reference to weather (c.1200) preserves the original sense (opposed to foul). Sense of "light-complexioned" (1550s) reflects tastes in beauty; sense of "free from bias" (mid-14c.) evolved from another early meaning, "morally pure, unblemished" (late 12c.). The sporting senses (fair ball, fair catch etc.) began in 1856. Fair play is from 1590s; fair and square is from c.1600. Fair-haired in the figurative sense of "darling, favorite" is from 1909. First record of fair-weather friends is from 1736.
early 14c., from Anglo-French feyre (late 13c.), from Old French feire, from Vulgar Latin *feria "holiday, market fair," from Latin feriae "religious festivals, holidays," related to festus "solemn, festive, joyous" (see feast).