fairy tale

fairy tale
fairy tale fairy tale n. 1. a story about magical or mythological creatures, such as fairies, elves, goblins, trolls, orcs, unicorns, wizards, dragons, etc., usually composed for the amusement of children; called also a {fairy story}. [PJC]

2. a false story intended to deceive or mislead, especially one involving unlikely events or situations; called also a {fairy story}. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • fairy tale — fairy tales also fairytale 1) N COUNT A fairy tale is a story for children involving magical events and imaginary creatures. She was like a princess in a fairy tale. Syn: fairy story 2) ADJ: ADJ n A fairy tale place or situation is so wonderful… …   English dictionary

  • fairy tale — UK / US or fairy story UK / US noun [countable] Word forms fairy tale : singular fairy tale plural fairy tales Word forms fairy story : singular fairy story plural fairy stories * 1) a traditional children s story in which magic things happen 2)… …   English dictionary

  • fairy tale — (= fairy story), noun 1) the movie was inspired by a fairy tale Syn: folk tale, folk story, traditional story, myth, legend, fantasy, fable 2) informal she accused him of telling fairy tales Syn: lie …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • fairy tale — ► NOUN 1) a fairy story. 2) (before another noun ) magical or idealized: a fairy tale romance …   English terms dictionary

  • fairy\ tale — • fairy tale • fairy strory noun An inaccurate, even false account of something; a result of wishful thinking. Jeff said he was going to be promoted soon, but we all suspect that it is only one of his customary fairy tales …   Словарь американских идиом

  • fairy tale — also fairy .story n 1.) a children s story in which magical things happen 2.) a story that someone has invented and is difficult to believe …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fairy tale — fairy ,tale or fairy ,story noun count * 1. ) a traditional children s story in which magic things happen 2. ) a story or explanation that someone has invented in order to make people believe something that is not true …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • fairy tale — oral narrative centered on magical tests, quests, and transformations, 1749, translating Fr. Conte de feés of Madame d Aulnois (1698, translated into English 1699). As an adjective (also fairytale), attested by 1963 …   Etymology dictionary

  • fairy tale — n. 1. a story about fairies, giants, magic deeds, etc. 2. an unbelievable or untrue story; lie …   English World dictionary

  • Fairy tale — For a comparison of fairy tale with other kinds of stories, such as myths, legends and fables, see Traditional stories. For other uses, see Fairy tale (disambiguation). Not to be confused with Fairy Tail …   Wikipedia

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