fairy-tale

adjective
\ ˈfer-ē-ˌtāl \

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

Some see the royals as a real-life fairy tale; others see them as a long-running soap opera. Autumn Brewington, chicagotribune.com, "5 myths about the British royals," 14 May 2018 But grownups are probably the ones most in need of this sort of fairy tale. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "There Are Six Very Good Reasons to Go to the Movies This January," 18 Jan. 2018 These enhaloed the heads of models who led the audience down a garden path in New York’s Marble Cemetery into a romantic realm of fairy tale and fantasy. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "1968 vs. 2018: 50 Years Later Fashion Is Still Playing With the Bohemian Rhapsody of the Late, Tumultuous ’60s," 14 Dec. 2018 What sounds like a straight-up fairy tale actually took place IRL. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "8-Year-Old Girl Pulls Ancient Sword From a Lake in Sweden," 6 Oct. 2018 Until, as fairy tales sometime go, there was a terrible price to pay for his success. Michael Paterniti, GQ, "Dragonman, the Man Who Sells “People-Hunting Guns”," 7 Mar. 2018 The stories are openly fantastical, inventing the sorts of feminist fairy tales that were popularized by Angela Carter and have been adapted with wit and ingenuity by writers like Han Kang and Carmen Maria Machado. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: The Union of Death and Desire," 22 Nov. 2018 There are the blowouts that give Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton the full-bodied, shiny hair of fairy tales. Veronica Walsingham, SELF, "Growing Up With Less Money Than My Friends Made Me Obsessed With Having Wealthy-Looking Hair," 15 Nov. 2018 Assuming anybody still believed in fairy tales, this might sound like one. Vanessa Chow, Glamour, "Amber Heard Is Nobody’s Victim," 27 Nov. 2018

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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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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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