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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Before Zendaya showed up with her fashion fairy godmother by her side, Twitter was ready for the stylish singer, actress and entrepreneur to show up. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Memes and Twitter Reactions From the 2019 Met Gala," 7 May 2019 Zendaya made quite the entrance as Cinderella, complete with her very own fairy godmother who lit up her dress with actual magic. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Zendaya, Kendall Jenner, and Kylie Jenner All Dressed Up in Cinderella-Themed Gowns for Met Gala 2019," 7 May 2019 The show, which plays on Saturdays at 3 p.m. on the Lower East Side, features a benefactor who’s different, too: When Cinderella’s fairy godmother falls ill, a surprise character takes her place. Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "7 Things to Do With Your Kids in NYC This Weekend," 29 Mar. 2018 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

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First Known Use of fairy godmother

1839, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fairy godmother was in 1839

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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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