Definition of faerie in US English:


(also faery)


archaic, literary
  • 1Fairyland.

    ‘the world of faerie’
    • ‘The first treatment in English was Layamon's Brut, which introduced the element of faerie.’
    • ‘Magic ultimately brings only disaster to those in thrall to it; the denizens of faerie are singularly deceitful and inhumane; mankind is the better for having forgotten how to conjure and bewitch.’
    • ‘Ultimately the world of faery is not as wonderful as promised.’
    1. 1.1 A fairy.
      • ‘Sit down and I will tell you a tale of magic and faeries, of foes and heroes in the heavens.’
      • ‘Around her flutter the sprites, the tiny faeries who so entertained two little girls in Cottingley.’
      • ‘Changeling is a game about normal people who suddenly realize they are faeries with the power and need to bring magic back to a cold, soulless world.’
      • ‘The walls, Charlie noticed, had several scenes of dancing nymphs, faeries, and centaurs on them.’
      • ‘The new faery had a very majestic aura about her.’
      • ‘Otherwise, he was a perfectly personable faerie, who was twice as charming as a Cheshire, and skilled in just about every category of weather magic in existence.’
      • ‘The Dwarves of Darkhun, far to the south, told a tale of evil faeries who sang to and lured unwary travellers to a watery death.’
      • ‘It was a gorgeous work of art, a scene of pixies and faeries playing by a stream.’
      • ‘The oddest thing about this faery was that, unlike its smaller companion, it was completely devoid of wings.’
      • ‘The elves and faeries both had a language together, called the Shikaän Rune System.’
      • ‘Nearly every faery in the troop was hidden somewhere in the shadows.’
      • ‘The kingly faery treated his guests well, but he kept them always under his claw-tipped thumb.’
      • ‘They decided that they would take all of the magical power from the faeries and the other beings and bestow it upon these children.’
      • ‘The elves and faeries had taken an inkling to keep away from her.’
      • ‘The female faerie wore a dress made of flower petals.’
      • ‘It said that faeries - he spelt it fairies - were so small that they didn't have room for more than one emotion at a time.’
      • ‘It wouldn't fool another faery, but a human would see them as regular, rounded ears.’
      • ‘His two comrades - the green-haired mage and the black-haired faery - had awoken after a few days, but as for him, he had just kept sleeping.’
      • ‘I saw pixies and faeries flashing among the trees, giggling at us and flying forward.’
      • ‘She did not like for any of the elves or faeries to come close to revealing her secret, even remotely close.’
      sprite, pixie, elf, imp, brownie, puck
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    2. 1.2as modifier Imaginary; mythical.
      ‘faerie dragons’
      • ‘Belloc then unwrapped the bundle, and Anest saw that it contained three staves of rare black oak taken from the Black Forest, a place of legend known only to wizards and the faerie creatures.’
      • ‘I imagine the faery voice to be the one that called to her, tempting her.’
      • ‘Her hair (it had been white from birth, and she looked the faery equivalent of twenty) was in a plait down her back.’
      • ‘‘You have done well, Raven,’ the faery queen greeted her gravely.’
      • ‘Many blamed the victory of the Orugisi fifteen years before on the night they chose to attack - the night when the curtain between the worlds was at its thinnest, and when the faerie kind were at their most evil.’
      • ‘She looked and was the faery equivalent of fifteen, or about an aeon and a half.’
      • ‘In the legend, Avalon is the faerie island to which the heavily wounded King Arthur flees to heal his wounds and from which he one day emerges to reclaim his realm and save his people.’
      • ‘‘Let this be the last thing to pass your lips, if you wish to find your way to the faery realm and safely back again,’ Merlin cautioned sternly.’
      • ‘Apparently, Orikichal's faery race had once lived above ground, in the sunlit fields of the faery world.’
      • ‘‘Oh there's no need for that,’ she answered, dropping the last of the faery fruit into their laps.’
      • ‘Hand in hand they strode back towards the faery castle and the life of everlasting joy and timeless companionship that awaited them.’
      • ‘She did not know much of the faery lore, but she was sure that all the stories about them made them out to be malevolent spirits who hated the men who had driven them from their lands with fire and sword.’
      • ‘In a foreword to the book, his wife Marian recalls how Michael was always fascinated by legend and the faerie world.’


Late 16th century (introduced by Spenser): pseudo-archaic variant of fairy.