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

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No maid was ever transformed into a princess by a fairy godmother and a pair of glass shoes that fit just so. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Gritty’s evolution from googly-eyed hockey mascot to meme to leftist avatar, explained," 24 Dec. 2018 For those who aren't familiar, here's the deal: Like some sort of well-contoured fairy godmother, Ulta, to the delight of beauty fans everywhere, will be slashing its prices to half-off for three weeks during the semi-annual event. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty Sale for Fall Is Happening Soon, So Mark Your Calendars," 20 Aug. 2018 Consider this quiz the botanical fairy godmother that can make your all your indoor gardening dreams come true. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: Answer These Questions and We’ll Tell You Your Houseplant Soulmate," 21 Aug. 2018 One thing's for sure: Staying at this charming farmhouse will feel like a gift from one's very own fairy godmother. Rori Kotch, Country Living, "This Farmhouse in the Welsh Countryside Looks Like It's Straight Out of a Storybook," 21 July 2015 And everything is protected by the fairy godmother. Mark Curnutte, Cincinnati.com, "Girl who lost parents to heroin starts over: `I want a family'," 27 June 2018 Two: North American schlub marries Frenchman, becomes expat and learns secrets of life, home décor, child rearing and bras from French fairy godmother. New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: ‘Live Like a French Woman’ Books," 12 June 2018 Tell the story from the perspective of everyone’s fairy godmother, Oprah. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Oprah on the Royal Wedding Moment That "Literally" Took Her Breath Away," 3 July 2018 Kathleen Kim, a veteran of super-high soprano roles like Mozart’s Queen of the Night and Strauss’s Zerbinetta, ascends lucidly to the heights as La Fée, Cendrillon’s fairy godmother. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Review: The Stepchild of Cinderella Operas Finally Makes It to the Met," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of fairy godmother

1839, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of fairy godmother

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

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