Cin·​der·​el·​la ˌsin-də-ˈre-lə How to pronounce Cinderella (audio)
: one resembling the fairy-tale Cinderella: such as
: one suffering undeserved neglect
: one suddenly lifted from obscurity to honor or significance
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.
Recent Examples on the Web Elegant, warm, good-hearted and diplomatic, Cinderella guides her daughter with a gentle hand. Rivea Ruff, Essence, 9 Apr. 2024 But in real life, the blended family experience is usually somewhere in between Cinderella and The Brady Bunch. Mansee Khurana, NPR, 8 Apr. 2024 The author published her first novel, Throne of Glass, a dark take on the Cinderella fairytale, in 2012, after versions of the book received major praise on indie fiction site Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 6 Apr. 2024 The first was Charlotte’s own and Davidson’s Cinderella and game-of-basketball-shifting shooter Stephen Curry, who put together that performance in 2021, according to StatMuse. Alex Zietlow, Charlotte Observer, 6 Apr. 2024 When her mother, the tyrannical Queen of Hearts (Rita Ora), incites a coup against Auradon, Red must join forces with Chloe (Cinderella and King Charming’s daughter played by Malia Baker) to travel back in time and undo the traumatic event that set the queen down her villainous path. Selome Hailu, Variety, 2 Apr. 2024 The Wolfpack, without the Cinderella story of their male counterparts, already defeated one No. 1 seed, Texas on Sunday in Portland. Trisha Garcia-Easto, Sacramento Bee, 1 Apr. 2024 Tom Keifer Keifer rose to fame as the voice of Cinderella, the Stonesiest hair-metal band on the planet. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 31 Mar. 2024 Playing for the last two spots today: 1-Purdue vs. 2-Tennessee and 4-Duke vs. 11-North Carolina State -- the last Cinderella standing. Greg Cote, Miami Herald, 31 Mar. 2024

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Word History


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, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Cinderella was in 1840

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“Cinderella.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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