noun, plural fair·ies.
- fairview heights,
- fairview park,
- fairy bluebird,
- fairy cycle,
- fairy glove,
- fairy godfather,
- fairy godmother
Origin of fairy
Examples from the Web for fairy
But when the darkness closes in, we actually run to fairy tales and fables.
Actually, rather like Gruber, we feel rather icky about fairy tales.
Not that the demonstration had anything to do with this couple, whom Sarah seems to see as a fairy tale come to life.
In reality, prison weddings look nothing like the fairy tales depicted on TV and in bridal magazines.
“I have full faith that this will happen,” Williams says, prepping her fairy dust for a flurry of happy thoughts.The Cast of ‘Peter Pan Live!’ Knows You Hatewatched ‘The Sound of Music’|Kevin Fallon|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And yet he was conquered by a woman; the fairy Vivien enchanted the enchanter and kept him in a hawthorn bush under a spell.The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)|Anatole France
One couldn't help wondering that the Fairy Aurora allowed it to be in her room.Roumanian Fairy Tales|Various
Take up the love poems, elegies, fairy tales and prayers of the ancient Egyptians.The Literature of Ecstasy|Albert Mordell
Once, her moving fingers 155 felt the little bag hanging from its leathern thong about her neck, in which was the fairy crystal.Heart of the Blue Ridge|Waldron Baily
His fairy tales, very much got in their day, would make very dull reading now.Court Beauties of Old Whitehall|W. R. H. Trowbridge
noun plural fairies
Word Origin for fairy
c.1300, fairie, "enchantment, magic," from Old French faerie "land of fairies, meeting of fairies, enchantment, magic," from fae "fay," from Latin fata (plural) "the Fates," from PIE *bha- "to speak" (see fame (n.)).
As "a supernatural creature" from late 14c. [contra Tolkien; cf. "This maketh that ther been no fairyes" in "Wife of Bath's Tale"], perhaps via intermediate forms such as fairie knight "supernatural or legendary knight" (early 14c.). The diminutive winged beings so-called in children's stories seem to date from early 17c.
Yet I suspect that this flower-and-butterfly minuteness was also a product of "rationalization," which transformed the glamour of Elfland into mere finesse, and invisibility into a fragility that could hide in a cowslip or shrink behind a blade of grass. It seems to become fashionable soon after the great voyages had begun to make the world seem too narrow to hold both men and elves; when the magic land of Hy Breasail in the West had become the mere Brazils, the land of red-dye-wood. [J.R.R. Tolkien, "On Fairy-Stories," 1947]
The slang meaning "effeminate male homosexual" is first recorded 1895. Fairy ring is from 1590s. Fossil sea urchins found on the English downlands were called fairy loaves.
In addition to the idiom beginning with fairy
- fairy godmother
- tooth fairy