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

Despite what seemed like a fairy tale ending to a relationship filled with ups and downs, a source told E! De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth's Cutest Couple Moments," 11 Aug. 2019 One of the first kids’ podcasts to grasp podcasts’ storytelling capabilities, this podcast shares kid-friendly renditions of classic stories, fairy tales and original works. Frannie Ucciferri, Washington Post, "Common Sense Media shares 25 great podcasts for kids," 6 Aug. 2019 But riverboats in Illinois did not spark meaningful economic development in their host communities — certainly not the fairy tales spun to lawmakers to win approval. Kristen Mcqueary, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Let’s cut to the chase: A Chicago casino must be near downtown," 29 July 2019 The result is a communitarian version of the old individualist fairy tale: the nation as a pristine and consensual community, unsullied by coercion or conquest, which might have a history but doesn’t really have a politics. Daniel Luban, The New Republic, "The Man Behind National Conservatism," 26 July 2019 Every artist featured in that show was given the chance to make a painting based on their favorite story, book, or fairy tale. Chris Triunfo, BostonGlobe.com, "Brendan MacAllister," 19 July 2019 With its spires and cobblestoned streets, Prague is a dream for kids who love fairy tales. Amy Tara Koch, Twin Cities, "Finding European hotel rooms for families can be tough. Here are suggestions in 8 cities.," 6 July 2019 The cinematography is stunning and really does give the film the feeling of a dark fairy tale. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Midsommar is a slasher film with artsy ambitions that doesn’t quite work," 4 July 2019 Storyland was planned as an ambitious playground full of larger-than-life scenes inspired by nursery rhymes and fairy tales. Bill Van Niekerken, SFChronicle.com, "Rediscovering Storyland: SF Children’s Zoo’s magical beginnings 60 years ago," 3 July 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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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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