noun \ˈfer-ē\
plural fair·ies

Definition of FAIRY

:  a mythical being of folklore and romance usually having diminutive human form and magic powers
usually disparaging :  a male homosexual
fairy adjective
fairy·like \-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

Other Mythology and Folklore Terms

elysian, fay, muse, nimbus, phoenix
FAIRY Defined for Kids


noun \ˈfer-ē\
plural fair·ies

Definition of FAIRY for Kids

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

Word History of 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.



Definition of FAIRY for Kids

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