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Definition of Cinderella

: one resembling the fairy-tale Cinderella: such as
a : one suffering undeserved neglect
b : one suddenly lifted from obscurity to honor or significance

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Cinderella adjective

Examples of Cinderella in a Sentence

a company that is the Cinderella of the computer industry The team is the Cinderella of the tournament.

First Known Use of Cinderella

1840, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Cinderella

after Cinderella, fairy-tale heroine who is used as a drudge by her stepmother but ends up married to a prince

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The first known use of Cinderella was in 1840

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Cite this Entry

“Cinderella.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of Cinderella

: someone or something that is ignored but that deserves attention or credit
chiefly US : 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

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