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 The plot centers on a book club of princesses, including Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, who are given copies of feminist manifesto The Feminine Mystique by a fairy godmother. Madeleine Fernando, Billboard, "Britney Spears-Inspired Musical 'Once Upon a One More Time' Film Rights Go to Sony," 23 Apr. 2019 Like a team of fairy godmothers in suits, executives at Partners HealthCare — the health care system that includes the Brigham — had secured a new supplier of masks earlier that same day. Eric Boodman, STAT, "With masks dwindling, a hospital’s Covid-19 crisis team searches for a way out," 27 Mar. 2020 After learning of her fashion fairy godmother’s situation, Kelly rushed to the show to accept The Jany Temime Styling Award on Lambert’s behalf. Rebecca Norris, Country Living, "Kelly Clarkson Wore a Head-to-Toe Latex Outfit on the Red Carpet and We're Obsessed," 15 Feb. 2020 Cinderella’s fairy godmother has been portrayed by multiple stars over the years. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "Billy Porter’s Fairy Godmother Will Be Totally New," 4 Mar. 2020 The reason for this series’ emphatic embrace is the brilliant women who breathed it into being: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Emerald Fennell, Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw, and its fairy godmother, executive producer Sally Woodward Gentle. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Killing Eve Season 4: Everything We Know So Far," 3 Jan. 2020 If a fairy godmother were to reduce the share of health care in American GDP to Switzerland’s, 5.6% of our GDP (or more than a trillion dollars) would be available for other things. Time, "How Healthcare Costs Hurt American Workers and Benefit the Wealthy," 20 Feb. 2020 Tony winners Idina Menzel and Billy Porter will also star in the film (as the evil stepmother and the fairy godmother, respectively), as well Maddie Baillio — Grande’s costar from NBC’s Hairspray Live! Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Ariana Grande Sings Cinderella Tune After Announcing She’ll Perform at the 2020 Grammys," 15 Jan. 2020 The story tells of a young and unskilled fairy godmother (Bell) that ventures out on her own to prove her worth by tracking down a young girl whose request for help was ignored. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "Jillian Bell, Isla Fisher to Star in Disney+ Comedy 'Godmothered' (Exclusive)," 9 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of fairy godmother

1839, in the meaning defined above

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5 May 2020

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“Fairy godmother.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fairy%20godmother. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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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