When she now stepped before the mirror, she said: “Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who in this land is the fairest of all?”
The queen rejoiced, went home, and asked the mirror: “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.
Judy was not the only person who thought her the fairest creature in the world.
Milton has evidently lavished all his power on this fairest of created beings; but he makes her too nymph-like—too goddess-like.
She is the rose of the world, the fairest fair, the valiantest valor.
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).