Definition of Cinderella in English:


proper noun

  • 1A girl in various traditional European fairy tales. In the version by Charles Perrault she is exploited as a servant by her family but enabled by a fairy godmother to attend a royal ball. She meets and captivates Prince Charming but has to flee at midnight, accidentally leaving one of the glass slippers she is wearing behind. The prince sends servants all over the country to find the young woman whose foot fits the slipper: when Cinderella is finally found, she and Prince Charming marry.

    1. 1.1[as noun]A person or thing of unrecognized or disregarded merit or beauty.
    2. 1.2[as noun]A neglected aspect of something.
      ‘is research into breast cancer to remain the Cinderella of medicine?’
    3. 1.3Philately Any stamplike label that is not valid as postage.


From cinder + the diminutive suffix -ella, on the pattern of French Cendrillon, from cendre cinders.