Etymology
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fairway (n.)

1580s, "navigational channel of a river," from fair (adj.) + way (n.). Golfing sense is by 1898.

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Definitions of fairway

fairway (n.)
the area between the tee and putting green where the grass is cut short;
fairway (n.)
the usual course taken by vessels through a harbor or coastal waters;
fairway (n.)
a tract of ground free of obstacles to movement;
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