fairy godmother

[ fair-ee god-muhth-er ]
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noun
  1. a kindly sponsor or guardian; godmother.

  2. a fairy-tale character who uses magical powers to help a hero or heroine.

Origin of fairy godmother

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First recorded in 1710–20

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How to use fairy godmother in a sentence

  • Since the descent of the fairy-godmother upon the class a year ago, no miracle seemed impossible.

    A Bookful of Girls | Anna Fuller
  • The Buckle had been Ronald's fairy godmother—yet his father did not blame him for abhorring and disowning it.

    Tales Of Men And Ghosts | Edith Wharton
  • When she smiled, all the children agreed together afterwards, she looked more like a fairy godmother than ever.

    Grandmother Dear | Mrs. Molesworth

British Dictionary definitions for fairy godmother

fairy godmother

noun
  1. a character in certain fairy stories who brings unexpected benefits to the hero or heroine

  2. any benefactress, esp an unknown one

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Other 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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