- a story, usually for children, about elves, hobgoblins, dragons, fairies, or other magical creatures.
- an incredible or misleading statement, account, or belief: His story of being a millionaire is just a fairy tale.
Origin of fairy tale
Examples from the Web for fairy-tale
Were the fairy-tale true it really would shame the affluent west.The Dark Side of Cuba’s Ebola Economy
December 9, 2014
The first tradition, in fairy-tale terms, is the villain tradition.Alleged Santa Barbara Killer Elliot Rodger and the Twisted Cult of Modern Masculinity
May 26, 2014
The story of Singh and Patel is a heartwarming one, and perfectly fits into the mold of a fairy-tale Disney sports film.The Aftermath of Disney’s ‘Million Dollar Arm’
May 16, 2014
Bernheimer is a well-known American fairy-tale writer, and Hunt is the editor of the Denver Quarterly.An Edward Hopper Novel?
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April 18, 2014
Then she suffers a fairy-tale rescue at the hands of an aunt.Is Henry James’s ‘The Portrait of a Lady’ the Great American Novel?
August 30, 2012
The tale of the resources of California—vegetable and mineral—is a fairy-tale.American Notes
Our fairy-tale presents these events in their legendary transformation.The Chinese Fairy Book
Thrones tumble down and crowns are offered like a fairy-tale.A Writer's Recollections (In Two Volumes), Volume II
Mrs. Humphry Ward
He must have seemed to her a figure of romance, a prince out of a fairy-tale.The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series
The value of the fairy-tale and the wonder-tale is that they tell about the magic of living.
- of or relating to a fairy tale
- resembling a fairy tale, esp in being extremely happy or fortunatea true story with a fairy-tale ending
- highly improbablehe came out with a fairy-tale account of his achievements
- a story about fairies or other mythical or magical beings, esp one of traditional origin told to children
- a highly improbable account
Word Origin and History for fairy-tale
"oral narrative centered on magical tests, quests, and transformations," 1749, translating French Conte de feés of Madame d'Aulnois (1698, translated into English 1699). As an adjective (also fairytale), attested by 1963.