noun \ˌsin-də-ˈre-lə\

: 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
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.


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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