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

Antonyms: Noun

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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 Everyone is clearly very proud of turning the fairy tale’s yummy cottage into the film’s post-modern example of Deconstructivism architecture. Mark Kennedy, Houston Chronicle, "‘Gretel & Hansel’ is a real horror — as in horrible," 31 Jan. 2020 Everyone is clearly very proud of turning the fairy tale’s yummy cottage into the film’s post-modern example of deconstructivism architecture. Mark Kennedy, Detroit Free Press, "‘Gretel & Hansel’ puts the dread in dreadful," 30 Jan. 2020 Let’s first look at the queen from The Magic Flute, in the villain role women inherited from the fairy tales. Amy Lorette Damron Kyle, Quartz, "The feminist reboot opera deserves," 20 Dec. 2019 Jonathan Leko broke the deadlock after half time, and Lyle Taylor's late penalty ensured the fairy tale continued. SI.com, "Championship Roundup: Kamil Grosicki Stuns Millwall as Swansea Move Top of the Table," 1 Sep. 2019 Disney’s The Little Mermaid Musical Theater West presents the stage adaptation of the 1989 animated musical based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. Matt Cooper, latimes.com, "SoCal theater listings, July 7-14: ‘The Play That Goes Wrong,’ ‘The Skin of Our Teeth’ and more," 5 July 2019 The fairy tale also is the bar’s spring and summer cocktail menu; each cocktail appears as a character or place in the story. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Once upon a time in a magical place called Bay View, a fairy tale was written for Lost Whale's anniversary," 19 Oct. 2018 The work’s imagery presents a web of secular and religious meanings, like some complex fairy tale. Willard Spiegelman, WSJ, "A Mystery Meets the Mystical," 17 Jan. 2020 The show explores our affinity with inanimate objects, such as fairy tales and cartoons showing toys, animals and other things with language skills and human traits. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "Two art exhibits and one frozen festival offer mid-January fun : Valley Views," 13 Jan. 2020

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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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“Fairy-tale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fairy%20tale. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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