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noun

a kindly sponsor or guardian; godmother.
a fairy-tale character who uses magical powers to help a hero or heroine.

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British Dictionary definitions for fairy godmother

fairy godmother

noun

a character in certain fairy stories who brings unexpected benefits to the hero or heroine
any benefactress, esp an unknown one
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Idioms and Phrases with fairy godmother

fairy godmother

A generous benefactor, as in An anonymous fairy godmother donated the money for the new organ. This expression alludes to a stock character in fairy tales such as Cinderella, who gives unexpected and much needed assistance. [Late 1800s]

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