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
: one resembling the fairy-tale Cinderella: as a : one suffering undeserved neglect b : one suddenly lifted from obscurity to honor or significance
Examples of cinderella
a company that is the Cinderella of the computer industry
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
Learn More about cinderella
Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about "Cinderella"
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