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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

fashionable district of London, developed 18c., built on Brook fields, where an annual May fair had been held 17c.


Mayfair is an exclusive area of the West End, by the east edge of Hyde Park, in the City of Westminster. The district is now mainly commercial, with many former homes converted into offices for major corporate headquarters, embassies, and also hedge funds and real estate businesses. There remains a substantial quantity of residential property as well as some upmarket shops and restaurants, as well as London's largest concentration of five star hotels. Rents are among the highest in London and the world. Its prestigious status has been commemorated by being the most expensive property square on the London Monopoly board.

Mayfair is named after the annual fortnight-long May Fair that, from 1686 to 1764, took place on the site that is now Shepherd Market.

Mayfair (magazine)

Mayfair is a British adult magazine for men. Founded in 1965, it was designed as a response to US magazines such as Playboy and Penthouse, which had recently launched in the UK. For many years it claimed the largest distribution of any men's magazine in the UK. It is a softcore magazine and is thus available in newsagents, although some larger retailers require a modesty bag to hide the cover.

Mayfair (disambiguation)

Mayfair is a district in the City of Westminster in London, England.

Mayfair may also refer to:

Mayfair (cigarette)

Mayfair is a brand of cigarettes, produced by the Gallaher Group division of Japan Tobacco. The brand is available in seven versions; Fine King Size, King Size, King Size Smooth, Menthol, Superkings, Superkings Menthol and Superkings Smooth. Gallaher launched Mayfair in 1992, with the slogan "A good smoke at a fair price". The brand is Gallaher Group's leading value cigarette brand. Mayfair is one of the least expensive cigarette brands in the U.K., despite its name presumably being chosen to evoke the glamour of Mayfair, the famous London district. By 2007 Mayfair had become the second most popular cigarette brand in the U.K., with total sales of £663 million.

Mayfair (festival)

Mayfair Festival of the Arts is a multidisciplinary arts festival (visual arts, performing arts, culinary arts, garden arts, children's art center, art education) produced by Mayfair Inc, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

The Festival is held annually in Allentown, Pennsylvania. It has been held Memorial Day weekend since 1986.

Approximately 50,000 people attend Mayfair Festival of the Arts every year to buy art, enjoy food, listen to music, and take their children to KidSpace for hands-on children's art activities.

The organization, Mayfair, Inc., produces the Festival in order to build community by showcasing artists and performers, and bringing new arts into the region.

Mayfair (Jenkinsville, South Carolina)

Mayfair is a historic home located near Jenkinsville, Fairfield County, South Carolina. It was built about 1824, and is a two-story, weatherboarded Federal style frame residence with a hipped roof. The front façade features a central, two-story, polygonal pedimented portico. According to local tradition, Mayfair was the home of Burrell B. Cook, a moderately wealthy planter, who served in the Twenty-eighth General Assembly of South Carolina from 1828-1829.

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

Usage examples of "mayfair".

She, poor creature, was ignorant of the little scene in the little street near Mayfair, in which Lopez had offered to carry Lizzie Eustace away with him to Guatemala.

The cheerful pinks and yellows and violet in the two front troughs reminded me of something: the window boxes lining the smart Mayfair mews where my mother had lived the last two years.

Monk Mayfair is, we hope, being escorted to Blanca Grande, South America.

A brick mansion with white columns and French windows and every ’modern convenience,’ it later passed to Ryan Mayfair, Pierce’s son, who lives there now.

Monk was Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Blodgett Mayfair, the chemist of their outfit.

Roberts and Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Blodgett Mayfair, I reconnoitered the situation," Ham went on smoothly.

Postmarks and locations in close proximity to theaters, music halls, art galleries, and places of possible business or personal interest to Sicken include Piccadilly Circus, Haymarket, Charing Cross, Battersea (near Whistler's studio), Regent Street North, Mayfair, Paddington (where Paddington Station is located), York Street (near Paddington), Islington (where St.

The officer who’d taken the missing-person reports on Christopher Byers and Michael Moore later reported that she’d ventured into the woods near the Mayfair Apartments to help look for the boys, but the mosquitoes had driven her out.

Fitzroy came clean that Antha Mayfair had gone out of her mind and tried to scratch her own eyes out.

I parked half a block away, so as not to be espied by an evil opposing Mayfair, and then, bouquet in hand (I had pushed back the florist paper to make a mere cuff of it) I approached the gate, coming along the fence beneath a great shrub of crape myrtles that were already wildly and beautifully in bloom.

Yes, and hello again to Bernardette Mayfair, whom she'd met briefly at the funeral, and to the beautiful little red-haired girl with the hair ribbon, who was named Mona Mayfair, daughter of CeeCee, yes, and the tomboyish Jennifer Mayfair, Mona's best friend and fourth cousin, yes, met you before, of course.

From 1929, she attended Mass daily at Our Mother of Perpetual Help Chapel on Prytama, gave generously to the church and all its organizations, and though she carried on a private war with Mayfair and Mayfair over the administration of Antha's money, she was always extremely generous with her own She lent money freely to any and all Mayfairs who had need of it, sent modest gifts for birthdays, weddings, christenings, and graduations, attended funerals, and now and then met with cousins outside the house for lunch or tea.

After passing easily through Customs the Englishman took a hire car to his flat in Mayfair.

Having ridden on a horse-drawn vehicle to Chelsea, he would then walk slowly back east towards Mayfair, studying all the goods in the shop windows on the way.

Lots of hugs and kisses, and warm greetings from the dozens of Mayfairs lolling about everywhere.