- 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
Examples from the Web for fairytale
Still, despite the fairytale, campaigns pour good money after bad to lure this vote.Reality Check: There Are No Swing Voters
November 13, 2014
Newsweek tries to argue that its survey shows that we no longer believe in ‘the fairytale’ of William and Kate.Newsweek's Nonsense "Who'd Be Kate" Survey
September 26, 2014
This fairytale of a cosmopolitan-cultural-melting-pot that is the envy of the international community certainly has its charms.Ellis Island’s Doubled-Edged Legacy
May 25, 2014
It looks a bit like a beautiful tablecloth, laid out on the floor for a fairytale picnic.Here Comes the Bride…In Flaming Red: Two Centuries of Colorful Wedding Dresses
May 7, 2014
It hosts a big, public wedding to remind everyone that it can, as a statement of power, not a fairytale.The Cult of Royal Porn
April 26, 2014
I should reply, Read Undine: that is a fairytale; then read this and that as well, and you will see what is a fairytale.
Suppose my child ask me what the fairytale means, what am I to say?
You write as if a fairytale were a thing of importance: must it have a meaning?
Did you let her out of a box, as the princess did in the fairytale?The Fairchild Family
Mary Martha Sherwood
Rather a fairytale sort of country where mistletoe can be got so easily!Round the Wonderful World
G. E. Mitton
- a story about fairies or other mythical or magical beings, esp one of traditional origin told to children
- a highly improbable account
Word Origin and History for fairytale
"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.