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fairy

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noun \ˈfer-ē\

Definition of fairy

plural fair·ies

  1. 1 :  a mythical being of folklore and romance usually having diminutive human form and magic powers

  2. 2 usually disparaging :  a male homosexual

fairy adjective
fairy·like play \-ˌlīk\ adjective


Examples of fairy

  1. <fairies are part of the folklore of many countries and cultures>



Origin of fairy

Middle English fairie fairyland, enchantment, from Anglo-French faerie, from fee fairy, from Latin Fata, goddess of fate, from fatum fate


First Known Use: 14th century

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FAIRY Defined for Kids

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fairy

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noun \ˈfer-ē\

Definition of fairy

plural fair·ies

  1. :  an imaginary magical creature who has the form of a tiny human being



History for fairy

In Greek and Roman myth, the Fates were three goddesses who set the course of human life. There was nothing especially magical or charming about the Fates. Yet the Latin word Fata, “Fate,” is the ultimate source of the English word fairy: Fata became Old French fee, which was borrowed into English as faie or fay. (Fairy, which originally meant “fairyland,” is a derivative of fay.) In a few fairy tales, such as “Sleeping Beauty,” fairies maintain the ability to strongly influence the destiny of humans.


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fairy

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adjective

Definition of fairy

  1. :  relating to or like a fairy <a fairy princess>





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