fairy godmother


Definition of fairy godmother

: a generous friend or benefactor

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Examples of fairy godmother in a Sentence

when it came time for the girl to go to college, Aunt Edna once again proved to be a reliable fairy godmother
Recent Examples on the Web And now back to the fact that Porter is in talks to play the fairy godmother after winning an Emmy for FX’s Pose! Nick Romano, EW.com, "Idina Menzel in talks to join Billy Porter's fairy godmother in Cinderella movie musical," 11 Oct. 2019 In the end, the narrator informs us that Cinderella is victorious because of her beauty and her kindness — and because of her courage, common sense, and good fortune in having a fairy godmother. Constance Grady, Vox, "The slippery genius of the Cinderella story," 5 June 2019 Anyway, the wedding is sure to be a modest thing, with swans, fairy godmothers and Air Force flyovers. Los Angeles Times, "The Middle Ages: In a year of trauma, finally some laughter and tears of joy," 12 Sep. 2019 One of the sweetest through-lines of the fall play season might be the sense that a fairy godmother of creativity hovers above some of the metro area theater’s most enticing plays. Lisa Kennedy, The Know, "From Steve Martin’s “Bright Star” to Cheryl Strayed’s “Tiny Beautiful Things,” 10 must-see fall plays in Colorado," 8 Sep. 2019 The cruel stepmother has still forced Cinderella into a life of servitude, and a fairy godmother is still called upon to transform her into a fancy lady for the ball. John Orr, The Mercury News, "Theater: Finding the inner beauty of Cinderella’s stepsister," 17 July 2019 Walt Disney World’s Epcot is getting a makeover of fairy godmother-sized proportions! Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "A Mary Poppins Attraction Is Coming to Disney World with New Epcot Makeover," 26 Aug. 2019 Forget the so-so voices (except for the enchanting one belonging to Angela Cesena as the beggar woman/fairy godmother) and some rather clunky — but astounding — costumes (more on that later). Joanne Engelhardt, The Mercury News, "Theater review: ‘Cinderella’ gets a make-over worth seeing," 25 July 2019 Their work is collaborative — which is why, at this year’s Met Gala, Roach walked the red carpet with Zendaya, playing the fairy godmother to her Cinderella in a tongue-in-cheek farewell to Zendaya’s Disney days. Constance Grady, Vox, "What makes Zendaya a great celebrity," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of fairy godmother

1839, in the meaning defined above

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“Fairy godmother.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fairy%20godmother. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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fairy godmother


English Language Learners Definition of fairy godmother

in stories : a woman with magic powers who saves a person from trouble

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