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open air

noun
1.
the outdoors.
Origin of open air
1520-1530
1520-30

open-air

[oh-puh n-air] /ˈoʊ pənˈɛər/
adjective
1.
existing in, taking place in, or characteristic of the open air; outdoor:
The orchestra gave three open-air concerts last summer.
Origin
1820-30
Related forms
open-airish, adjective
open-airishness, noun
open-airness, noun
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  • Hugh had never enjoyed the open air more than during this drive.

    The Crofton Boys Harriet Martineau
  • Most of the Raymounts were already in the open air, and Hester was the only one in the room.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • There is no opening in the roof, all cooking being done in the open air in summer.

    Alaska Ella Higginson
  • So they decided to take him out by force, and two men dragged him into the open air.

    Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri
  • In New Guinea you eat your Christmas dinner in the open air, with the thermometer at over 100° in the shade.

  • Her life, claimed by the open air, had its reward—the saddle is no cradle for weaklings.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
British Dictionary definitions for open air

open air

noun
1.
  1. the place or space where the air is unenclosed; the outdoors
  2. (as modifier): an open-air concert
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