Definition of Cinderella story in English:

Cinderella story

nounPlural Cinderella stories

  • Used in reference to a situation in which a person, team, etc., of low status or importance unexpectedly achieves great success or public recognition.

    ‘the team ended their Cinderella story with a 6–5 triumph’
    • ‘The company's rise has been something of a Cinderella story.’
    • ‘It's a Cinderella story, about a ragtag group of kids who loved making noise, but didn't have a clue about precision or style.’
    • ‘The story behind this film getting made and making so much money is perhaps the Cinderella story of the year, and the academy likes Cinderella stories.’
    • ‘She was a Cinderella story at this year's U.S. open.’
    • ‘While I'm sure others have accomplished more against greater odds than he did this year, his was still a Cinderella story to marvel at.’
    • ‘The construction worker qualified by winning an online tournament and came to the final table as the Cinderella story.’
    • ‘This year's Cinderella story is a low-budget indie that was lauded by critics and racked up five major nominations.’
    • ‘The team moves from being a Cinderella story to a favorite.’
    • ‘The favoured team fell victim to last season's Cinderella story in a shocking first round defeat in the playoffs.’
    • ‘They are a Cinderella story of a band that started from scratch and became one of the biggest rock and roll bands of the last decade.’
    • ‘The band's Cinderella story isn't as clear-cut as the press releases would like everyone to believe.’
    • ‘Some people have described your trip to the championship as a Cinderella story.’

Origin

With reference to the tale of Cinderella.