Definition of fairy story in English:

fairy story


  • 1A children's tale about magical and imaginary beings and lands.

    • ‘And like the famous Rumpelstiltskin of the fairy story, he's going to stamp his feet in the ground one day, and just plain disappear - for his own good.’
    • ‘But this adds one more delightful twist to the whole fairy story: what if Ranieri was right all along?’
    • ‘She treats me like the rotten stepmother in a fairy story no matter what I say.’
    • ‘As a fairy story, illustrated with children's book animation, it follows tradition - the nice magician and the (not too) nasty magician battle it out for the king and queen's favour.’
    • ‘At Opera North in 1999, Francisco Negrin attempted to turn the opera into a fairy story, complete with Fiakermilli as Fairy God Mother.’
    • ‘Portia raised her eyebrows, ‘What, do YOU think you live in a fairy story, Lily?’’
    • ‘A simple fairy story well told, the movie is well observed, politically and cultural aware without ever risking pretension.’
    • ‘Coelho's idea might be nice: a fairy story for adults about a simple shepherd boy who learns - from his travels through a fantasy land not far from the reality where we live - to be more in tune in with the world.’
    • ‘Still, this is a fairy story so something magical is bound to occur.’
    • ‘Whoever it was that decided to combine (mostly friendly) dinosaurs with a fairy story is a genius.’
    • ‘This fine poem captures the core of our experience of death through striking images, which remain in the mind like a fairy story about evil remains with a child.’
    • ‘It's not exactly the childhood fairy story most of us are familiar with.’
    • ‘In the study of his north London house a cartoon hangs on the wall showing a mother and father reading a fairy story to their little girl.’
    • ‘This year's Christmas production at the Wharf Theatre in Devizes is a musical version of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy story, The Ugly Duckling.’
    • ‘Staging an intriguing version of the fairy story Sleeping Beauty with a vast cast of 90 young ballet dancers, aged between eight and 18 years, is an impressive task, writes Christine van Emst.’
    • ‘Using the classic fairy story, director Noreen Kershaw and a supremely talented young cast have created a midwinter night's dream for all ages to savour.’
    • ‘In 1897 he had completed an unconventional melodrama, Königskinder, to a fairy story by Elsa Bernstein.’
    • ‘It is a delightful re-telling of the fairy story, The Princess and the Pea.’
    • ‘It looks so much like a church from a fairy story that I had a hard time listening to the sermon.’
    • ‘The whale, whether in the fairy story of Pinocchio, the Biblical story of Jonah, or the popular myth of Hiawatha is a monster that devours humans whole.’
    fairy tale, folk tale, folk story, traditional story, myth, legend, romance, fantasy, fable, fiction
    lie, fib, falsehood, story, untruth, fabrication, fiction, piece of fiction
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    1. 1.1An untrue account.
      ‘they deserve honest treatment, not fairy stories’
      • ‘After contacting them, as they never do you, contrary to the agreement, you are treated to apologies and `fairy stories' that it will not happen again.’
      • ‘Of course it does, and the 'fairy stories' turn into lies.’
      untruth, falsehood, fib, fabrication, deception, made-up story, trumped-up story, invention, piece of fiction, fiction, falsification, falsity, fairy tale, cock and bull story, barefaced lie
      lie, white lie, fib, half-truth, untruth, falsity, falsehood, story, tall story, fairy tale, tall tale, made-up story, trumped-up story, fabrication, invention, piece of fiction, falsification
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fairy story

/ˈfɛəri stɔːri/