\ ˈfer-ē How to pronounce fairy (audio) \
plural fairies

Definition of fairy

1 : a mythical being of folklore and romance usually having diminutive human form and magic powers
2 slang, offensive : a gay person used as a term of abuse and disparagement

Other Words from fairy

fairy adjective
fairylike \ ˈfer-​ē-​ˌlīk How to pronounce fairy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of fairy in a Sentence

fairies are part of the folklore of many countries and cultures

First Known Use of fairy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fairy

Middle English fairie fairyland, enchantment, from Anglo-French faerie, from fee fairy, from Latin Fata, goddess of fate, from fatum fate

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The first known use of fairy was in the 14th century

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“Fairy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fairy. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fairy

: a creature that looks like a very small human being, has magic powers, and sometimes has wings
: a homosexual man


\ ˈfer-ē How to pronounce fairy (audio) \
plural fairies

Kids Definition of fairy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an imaginary magical creature who has the form of a tiny human being



Kids Definition of fairy (Entry 2 of 2)

: relating to or like a fairy a fairy princess

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Nglish: Translation of fairy for Spanish Speakers

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