fairy-tale

adjective \ ˈfer-ē-ˌtāl \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

Definition of fairy-tale

: 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

First Known Use of fairy-tale

1904


fairy tale

noun

Definition of fairy tale

1 a : 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

Examples of fairy tale in a Sentence

  1. the fairy tale about the sleeping princess

  2. Everything he told us about his happy marriage was just a fairy tale.

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First Known Use of fairy tale

1635


FAIRY-TALE Defined for English Language Learners

fairy tale

noun

Definition of fairy tale for English Language Learners

  • : a simple children's story about magical creatures

  • : a false story that is meant to trick people


FAIRY-TALE Defined for Kids

fairy tale

noun

Definition of fairy tale for Students

: a simple children's story about magical creatures

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