plural fairies
: a mythical being of folklore and romance usually having diminutive human form and magic powers
slang, offensive : a gay person
used as a term of abuse and disparagement
fairy adjective
fairylike adjective

Examples of fairy in a Sentence

fairies are part of the folklore of many countries and cultures

Word History


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, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fairy was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Fairy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


ˈfa(ə)r-ē How to pronounce fairy (audio)
plural fairies
: an imaginary being usually having a small human form and magic powers
fairy adjective
fairylike adjective

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