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fairy tale

noun
1.
a story, usually for children, about elves, hobgoblins, dragons, fairies, or other magical creatures.
2.
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
1740-1750
1740-50
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  • You write as if a fairytale were a thing of importance: must it have a meaning?

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • Did you let her out of a box, as the princess did in the fairytale?

    The Fairchild Family Mary Martha Sherwood
  • I should reply, Read Undine: that is a fairytale; then read this and that as well, and you will see what is a fairytale.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • The processes of germination are as fascinating as a fairytale.

    ABC of Vegetable Gardening Eben Eugene Rexford
  • We always consider life as a fairytale, in which every good action must be rewarded by a visible wonder.

British Dictionary definitions for fairytale

fairy tale

noun
1.
a story about fairies or other mythical or magical beings, esp one of traditional origin told to children
2.
a highly improbable account
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fairytale

fairy tale

n.

"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 fairytale

fairy tale

noun

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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