Definition of fairy tale in English:

fairy tale

noun

  • 1A children's story about magical and imaginary beings and lands; a fairy story.

    • ‘The snow abruptly stops and the world has changed into marzipan, the fairy tale complete.’
    • ‘Now is an entirely new place, as though I had stepped through a window into a fairy tale.’
    • ‘This is a satisfying variation on the usual fairy tale in which knights compete for the hand of a princess.’
    • ‘Its ideal form is the fairy tale, a container of myth related in the simplest language.’
    • ‘Whether it was true or not, I preferred it to remain a fairy tale - like that of Santa Claus.’
    • ‘As such, it may be a fairy tale but it has a good pedagogical ring to it.’
    • ‘She was due to play Cinderella in a school rendition of the classic fairy tale, but shocked staff cancelled the production.’
    • ‘Vikas Rai Chauhan has brought alive a fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel in the celebrations.’
    • ‘My favourite fairy tale was The Little Mermaid and that was because Ariel got her prince just by loving him.’
    • ‘In the fairy tale, the match girl, unable to sell any matches, freezes to death in the street.’
    • ‘It has a charm and simplicity you'd expect to find in a fairy tale.’
    • ‘The Emperor's New Clothes is a very literal title, having nothing to do with the fairy tale.’
    • ‘He spent summers at Bridge House in Arncliffe and was inspired by the dales to write his fairy tale The Water Babies.’
    • ‘The impression that I got from the movie was that it was only based on the fairy tale.’
    • ‘It is not often I compare my life to a fairy tale but I'm feeling like a character from Hans Christian Andersen.’
    • ‘It is a fairy tale with very rich, detailed characters who have history and depth to them.’
    • ‘There's constant repetition which, at times, gives the writing the soothing familiarity of a fairy tale.’
    • ‘Swan Lake was based on a German fairy tale and set to music by Tchaikovsky.’
    • ‘I dreamed of living in a flat like that and used to spend hours looking at the pictures like a child immersed in a fairy tale.’
    • ‘All of this so far might sound like a fairy tale had it not been for a tragic surprise.’
    fairy story, folk tale, folk story, traditional story, myth, legend, romance, fantasy, fable, fiction
    folk tale, folk story, traditional story, myth, legend, romance, fantasy, fable, fiction
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    1. 1.1often as modifier Something resembling a fairy tale in being magical, idealized, or extremely happy.
      ‘a fairy-tale romance’
      • ‘We've been together for over ten years now, and it's still a fairy-tale romance.’
      • ‘Our room is a fairy-tale palace: four balconies, two planter chairs, a cane sofa set, a piano - yes, a piano!’
      • ‘Jack suspected she was rather taken with the romantic fairy-tale figure he cut.’
      • ‘It is a fairy-tale kingdom without class warfare, racial violence, or religious hypocrisy.’
      • ‘In the old city is a wealth of Muslim architecture and fairy-tale Nizam palaces, including one that's now a hospital.’
      • ‘Refreshed, we decide upon the long walk up to the fairy-tale clocktower atop the hill overlooking the town.’
      • ‘This subtle but persistent political theme is well served by the author's tart humor, as is the fairy-tale romance.’
      • ‘It is a fairy-tale moment for a modern-day Cinderella.’
      • ‘Vidocq's great achievement was to confer his magical, fairy-tale prestige on a branch of government administration.’
      • ‘His eyes twinkle like a fairy-tale grandfather's in his round, tanned face and he makes a kind of slurping, appreciative sound.’
      • ‘I can't buy the fairy-tale presentation of Em we see in the film because it's completely at odds with what he's worked so hard to make us believe about him up til now.’
      • ‘They're making over brides and their fiancés to create the ultimate fairy-tale weddings.’
      • ‘It's been a fairy-tale story to go from club coach to national coach in the sport I love.’
      • ‘In my case, it's something to do with a childhood longing to be a fairy-tale princess - and fairy tale princesses were never brunette.’
      • ‘The truth is that fairy-tale endings are probably very few and far between.’
      • ‘And she's locked in the fight of her life to keep her fairy-tale fortune her own.’
      • ‘Last week Mittal held a fairy-tale wedding for his one and only daughter, Vanisha.’
      • ‘In true fairy-tale fashion, the book was an immediate success.’
      • ‘From as far as Poland to as close as Punjab - musicians from all corners of the globe are descending on Delhi to give a fairy-tale finale to this year.’
      • ‘Barns Tower, with its cosy lounge and fairy-tale bedroom, is the perfect winter hideaway, writes Sophie Cooke’
    2. 1.2 A fabricated story, especially one intended to deceive.
      • ‘This whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I've ever seen.’
      • ‘That strikes me as a fairy tale.’
      • ‘Just don't start believing the fairytales about spring records meaning anything.’
      • ‘And that was a big surprise to many people who expected Russia Today to go and tell all the fairy tales about Russia to the world.’
      • ‘They had their fairy tales, of course, but they were grossly inaccurate pieces of fiction that had long since strayed from the actual facts.’
      • ‘As the UN report demonstrates, it was all a horrible fairy tale.’
      lie, white lie, fib, half-truth, untruth, falsity, falsehood, story, tall story, fairy story, tall tale, made-up story, trumped-up story, fake news, fabrication, invention, piece of fiction, falsification, alternative fact
      lie, white lie, fib, half-truth, untruth, falsity, falsehood, story, tall story, tall tale, made-up story, trumped-up story, fake news, fabrication, alternative fact, invention, piece of fiction, falsification
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Pronunciation

fairy tale