fairy-tale

adjective
\ ˈfer-ē-ˌtāl How to pronounce fairy-tale (audio) \

Definition of fairy-tale

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: characteristic of or suitable to a fairy tale especially : marked by seemingly unreal beauty, perfection, luck, or happiness led a fairy-tale life a store clerk's fairy-tale romance

fairy tale

noun

Definition of fairy tale (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a story (as for children) involving fantastic forces and beings (such as fairies, wizards, and goblins) enjoyed the fairy tale "The Little Mermaid"

called also fairy story

b : a story in which improbable events lead to a happy ending those balletic fairy tales in which a new corps member steps in for an injured principal at the last minute and delivers a splendid performance— Margaret Willis
2 : a made-up story usually designed to mislead an old-fashioned fairy tale depicting revolutionists as demigods— Jonathan Zimmerman

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Synonyms & Antonyms for fairy-tale

Synonyms: Noun

fable, fabrication, falsehood, falsity, fib, lie, mendacity, prevarication, story, tale, taradiddle (or tarradiddle), untruth, whopper

Antonyms: Noun

truth

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Examples of fairy-tale in a Sentence

Noun

the fairy tale about the sleeping princess Everything he told us about his happy marriage was just a fairy tale.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

All of these characters, and more besides, are conjured up in music of opulent inventiveness, full of tangled keyboard gestures and harmonies that are as overgrown as an enchanted garden in a fairy tale. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Lera Auerbach unveils a darkly formidable new piano work," 28 Mar. 2018 Everything from the costumes and food to the artwork and decorations was donated in support of Schow's parents' plan for their daughter's fairy tale ball. Sasha Henriques, Woman's Day, "5-Year-Old with Terminal Cancer Has a Birthday Party, Wedding and Prom All At Once," 4 Aug. 2015 The clock struck midnight, but in this campy fairy tale, the Cinderellas and Cinderellos were going nowhere. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Candy Boys and Girls Got #CottonCampy at the Annual Pre-Met Party," 6 May 2019 The look, which could have come straight out of a fairy tale, featured a light pink body with yellow accents. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Taylor Swift Wore a Pastel Gown to the Time 100 Event," 24 Apr. 2019 The details of some of that history are as familiar as a fairy tale, like the shotgun shack in Tupelo, Miss., where Presley was born on Jan. 8, 1935. Eugene Jarecki, New York Times, "Review: ‘The King’ Chases the American Dream and Elvis," 21 June 2018 Markle’s arrival in the British public’s consciousness was accompanied by a complex—and at times subtle—mix of romantic fairy tale, change of tradition and racial slur. Afua Hirsch, Time, "What Meghan Markle Means to the World," 17 May 2018 The wry, environmentally friendly Icelandic eco-activist fairy tale features Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir in a dual role. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "‘Dumbo’ and 8 other movies open March 29; our reviewers weigh in," 3 Apr. 2019 Messika Hoop Earrings Jewelry designer Valérie Messika, of Parisian label Messika, tapped into the world of myth and fairy tales to design her Once Upon a Time collection, creating pieces inspired by the stories that mesmerized her as a child. The Editors, WSJ, "WSJ. Magazine’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide," 11 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of fairy-tale

Adjective

1904, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1635, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of fairy-tale was in 1635

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More Definitions for fairy-tale

fairy tale

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fairy tale

: a simple children's story about magical creatures
: a false story that is meant to trick people

fairy tale

noun

Kids Definition of fairy tale

: a simple children's story about magical creatures

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