Definition of fairy godmother in English:

fairy godmother


  • 1A female character in some fairy stories who has magical powers and brings good fortune to the hero or heroine.

    • ‘It was Perrault who brought us the fairy godmother, the pumpkin that turned into a coach and the lizards, mice and rat as footmen, horses and coachman.’
    • ‘Throughout the movie, new characters such as the fairy godmother and the ogre-slayer; Puss-in-Boots, are introduced.’
    • ‘An example of the striking contrast between the various Cinderella versions is the character of the fairy godmother.’
    • ‘I think we have seen enough versions of it with a fairy godmother that it was time to see a more realistic version.’
    • ‘No, not even the fairy godmother could save her now.’
    • ‘Smiling, I added, ‘Did your fairy godmother come and wave her wand and brought you here in a carriage?’’
    • ‘Grimble, once he's given the blessed footwear by his pestilent fairy godmother, has a smooth ride, which means no drama.’
    • ‘She left the house as quickly as possible, determined to escape before the clock struck midnight and her fairy godmother turned back into the wicked witch of the west.’
    • ‘Instead of hoping for a magical result to appear, to be created at the wave of the wand of some magical fairy godmother, start taking responsibility for the choices you make and the consequences of those choices.’
    • ‘Mairead Clancy, who was selected as the Sligo Rose earlier this year, will be playing the put-upon beauty who finds her true love with the help of her fairy godmother.’
    • ‘There's always a woman somewhere, child; a princess, a witch, a stepmother, a mermaid, a fairy godmother, or one as wicked as she is beautiful, or as beautiful as she is good.’
    • ‘Thus, we still get to rejoice as our beleaguered heroine triumphs over those who have mistreated her, but now her victory is the more complete because she, not a fairy godmother and a prince, brought about her liberation.’
    • ‘Classical ballet was her first passion, which was replaced by the school choir (she was the fairy godmother in the school version of Beauty and the Beast).’
    • ‘This year's show, which features comedian Billy Pearce, Brookside star Dean Sullivan and Mina Anwar from The Thin Blue Line as the fairy godmother, looks likely to be the Alhambra's most successful pantomime to date.’
    • ‘We sometimes wondered if the men thought the fire wood dropped out of the sky or whether a fairy godmother brought it to our door, for they never asked any questions…’
    • ‘The last time I checked, puppets do not suddenly come to life and grow a conscience unless a fairy godmother and Jiminy the Cricket are involved.’
    • ‘My two sisters-in-law were also in costume - one as the fairy godmother, one as some sort of genuinely creepy creature in black.’
    • ‘He compares the story to that of a fairy tale, complete with a princess, a wicked witch, and a fairy godmother.’
    • ‘Cinderella III, planned for 2007, apparently endows the wicked stepmother with the power to turn back time and thwart the fairy godmother's magic.’
    witch, sorceress, magician, fairy
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    1. 1.1 A person who comes to the aid of someone in difficulty.
      ‘I see no hope of a fairy godmother prepared to solve our financial problems’
      • ‘Emma Doody was the fairy godmother everyone would love to be blessed with.’
      • ‘That's where she met her fairy godmother, but Sara said it was her guarding angel.’
      • ‘Could they say whether their proposed Civic Centre is to be entirely owned by the people of Otley or are they hoping that some fairy godmother will step in to look after and renovate their building?’
      • ‘The manufacturer and exporter of Mercedes-Benz motor cars and Mitsubishi pick-ups in East London could well be described as the benevolent fairy godmother for what it has done to keep the area economically sound.’
      • ‘A fairy godmother couldn't have arranged things better.’
      • ‘Thanks to my dear fiend Beverly, who did my makeup and hair, I was able to go as Nina Hagen, the fairy godmother of punk, this Halloween.’
      • ‘Meanwhile I'm sitting around like Cinderella, waiting for the fairy godmother to show up with a frock for the ball so I don't have to go to the shops.’
      • ‘Whether it's a stellar constellation in the bedroom, a planetary mural in the bathroom or a comet shooting across the hallway, Cosmic Ceilings is the fairy godmother of interior design which can make your every celestial wish come true.’
      • ‘In the end, our fairy godmother prevailed, waved her wand and produced Mr. Mint, a delightful and charming passport expediter.’
      • ‘They are indulging in fairytale economics - in which a fairy godmother makes all the difficult choices.’
      • ‘‘Lillian has really been like my fairy godmother for the last month, I'm just so grateful to her,’ she exclaimed.’
      • ‘Come in, hang out, support the community - you can be a fairy godmother.’
      • ‘The ‘Story at Bedtime’ was also a great success, thanks to our fairy godmother, Helen Walsh of Barnstorm Theatre.’
      • ‘It's like she is your fairy godmother and if you do what she says you'll get a baby that sleeps through the night.’


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