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.

Origin of fairy tale

First recorded in 1740–50
Also called fairy story.
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British Dictionary definitions for fairy-tale (1 of 2)



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

British Dictionary definitions for fairy-tale (2 of 2)

fairy tale

fairy story


a story about fairies or other mythical or magical beings, esp one of traditional origin told to children
a highly improbable account
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