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Cinderella

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noun Cin·der·el·la \ˌsin-də-ˈre-lə\

Simple Definition of Cinderella

  • : someone or something that is ignored but that deserves attention or credit

  • : someone or something (such as a sports team) that is not expected to do well but that succeeds or wins in a very exciting way

Full Definition of Cinderella

  1. :  one resembling the fairy-tale Cinderella: as a :  one suffering undeserved neglect b :  one suddenly lifted from obscurity to honor or significance

Cinderella adjective

Examples of cinderella

  1. a company that is the Cinderella of the computer industry

  2. The team is the Cinderella of the tournament.



Origin of cinderella

after Cinderella, fairy-tale heroine who is used as a drudge by her stepmother but ends up married to a prince


First Known Use: 1840


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