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[fair-wey] /ˈfɛərˌweɪ/
an unobstructed passage, way, or area.
  1. the part of the course where the grass is cut short between the tees and the putting greens, exclusive of the rough, trees, and hazards:
    More important than long drives is keeping your ball on the fairway.
  2. the mowed part of any hole between the tee and the green:
    The foursome is now on the tenth fairway.
  1. the navigable portion of a river, harbor, or other partly enclosed body of water.
  2. the channel customarily navigated by vessels in such a body of water.
Origin of fairway
1515-25; 1905-10 for def 2; fair1 + way Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fairway
  • The percentage of times a player hits the fairway with his tee shot.
  • Woods, with driver, drives it wide of the fairway but he's safe.
  • All you want to do is punch the ball out toward the fairway, but even that's not working.
  • It was color you could see down the beach, across the fairway, from boat to boat.
  • fairway piping has been installed within the last ten years.
British Dictionary definitions for fairway


(on a golf course) the areas of shorter grass between the tees and greens, esp the avenue approaching a green bordered by rough
  1. the navigable part of a river, harbour, etc
  2. the customary course followed by vessels
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Word Origin and History for fairway

1580s, "navigational channel of a river," from fair (adj.) + way (n.). Golfing sense is from 1910.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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