fairy tale


fairy tale


: a simple children's story about magical creatures

: a false story that is meant to trick people

Full Definition of FAIRY TALE

a :  a story (as for children) involving fantastic forces and beings (as fairies, wizards, and goblins) —called also fairy story
b :  a story in which improbable events lead to a happy ending
:  a made-up story usually designed to mislead

Examples of FAIRY TALE

  1. the fairy tale about the sleeping princess
  2. Everything he told us about his happy marriage was just a fairy tale.

First Known Use of FAIRY TALE


fairy tale

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Simple narrative typically of folk origin dealing with supernatural beings. Fairy tales may be written or told for the amusement of children or may have a more sophisticated narrative containing supernatural or obviously improbable events, scenes, and personages and often having a whimsical, satirical, or moralistic character. The term embraces popular folktales such as “Cinderella” and “Puss in Boots,” as well as art fairy tales of later invention, such as those by Hans Christian Andersen. It is often difficult to distinguish between tales of literary and oral origin, because folktales have received literary treatment from early times, and literary tales can often be traced back to oral tradition.


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