Part of speech: noun
Origin: British English, early 20th century
A fair consisting of rides, sideshows, and other amusements.
Examples of Funfair in a sentence
"My favorite childhood memories are from the funfair."
"The school is holding a charity funfair next weekend."
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Funfair is a British English term for a fair with rides, games, and other amusements. You might also call it a carnival, bazaar, festival, midway, or just a fair. In Australia it's called a sideshow alley, and in Germany it's a "volkfest."
Did you Know?
Modern funfairs got their start with the Great Exhibitions held in London's Hyde Park in the mid-1800s. Prince Albert commissioned a massive structure, called the Crystal Palace, in which to showcase Great Britain's scientific, technical, and artistic advancements.