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fairy tale

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.
Also called fairy story.
Origin of fairy tale
First recorded in 1740-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • My story finishes up like a fairy-tale—'They lived happy ever after!'

    My New Home Mary Louisa Molesworth
  • Now I have been making a fairy-tale book for your own self, and here it is.

    Europa's Fairy Book Joseph Jacobs
  • A woman archangel might sing like that, or some enchanted princess out of a fairy-tale.

    Trilby George Du Maurier
  • The question was insulting in its air of forbearance with a fairy-tale view of life.

    The Convert Elizabeth Robins
  • It has a fairy-tale motive in an entirely realistic setting.

    When Grandmamma Was New Marion Harland
British Dictionary definitions for fairy-tale


of or relating to a fairy tale
resembling a fairy tale, esp in being extremely happy or fortunate: a true story with a fairy-tale ending
highly improbable: he came out with a fairy-tale account of his achievements

fairy tale

a story about fairies or other mythical or magical beings, esp one of traditional origin told to children
a highly improbable account
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fairy-tale

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for fairy-tale

fairy tale


Simplistic explanation, often condescending: don't want to hear your little bedtime story

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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