One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Of a person. (a) Having a beautiful or attractive face; beautiful, good-looking. (b) Having a fair or light-coloured complexion.
2Building. Of brickwork, stonework, concrete, etc.: having a smooth, even surface left unplastered or exposed.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Paynell (d. ?1564), translator. From fair + faced.
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