Definition of fairyland in US English:



  • 1The imaginary home of fairies.

    • ‘I recall a drive outside Delhi on Diwali, and we passed village after village lit up like a fairyland, with hundreds of clay diyas.’
    • ‘Nursery rhyme was the theme of the second event, and a fairyland was brought alive on stage for this.’
    • ‘They were before the magical portal that would lead her to the fairyland.’
    • ‘There are no funds to build a new castle and the inhabitants of fairyland have to do without it.’
    • ‘Blake, like the proverbial alchemist, by his illustrations, changes the mundane world into a fairyland accessible to every child that picks up his book!’
    • ‘The decoration of this clock is made to look like a fairyland.’
    • ‘Holding one in her hand, Song said with a smile: ‘It looks like a fairyland, full of stories.’’
    • ‘The others, many still frightened, listened too, and soon the calmness of her voice and the joy of the tale of such great abundance transformed for all of them this nightmare in the jungle into an enchanted fairyland.’
    • ‘There is a fairyland for children at the Schlossplatz and an open-air ice-skating rink is set up in front of the castle.’
    • ‘The ballroom, strung up with lights and snowflakes and leaves, looked like a fairyland, but the rest of it was slightly nauseating, the loud, bad music, the couples making out on the dance floor, the bad food.’
    • ‘Large fields of green grassland can be seen, one after anther, from which intense green, red and blue roofs stand out, making the scene look a little like fairyland.’
    • ‘Another is for some kind of special toilet-training toilet paper and an associated special soap which turn little girls into a princess flying through fairyland in a shower of stardust.’
    • ‘‘Please take care not to step on the shadows,’ it asks, as if you were about to enter a fairyland, and, in a way, you are.’
    • ‘Wondering whether I had reached a fairyland, I kept taking pictures and became lost and found myself separated from my two friends.’
    • ‘And Tinker takes Pino to her fairyland where the blue fairy turns him into a real boy.’
    • ‘Gowdie speaks frequently of fairies, of meeting the king and queen of fairyland, and of them giving her ‘more meat than I could eat’.’
    • ‘She explained how her parents added a little more each year, and they now had so many lights and decorations the final effect was like a fairyland.’
    • ‘She continued to be inventive in her use of materials; some of her work in painted plaster relief and free-standing or hanging plastic, for example, explored a fairyland of imaginary flora and fauna.’
    • ‘People travelled from Tipperary, Wexford, Waterford, parts of Kilkenny and Cork to visit this fantastic fairyland put together for the children.’
    • ‘I fell down in a swoon, and was carried into fairyland, where I am now.’
    1. 1.1 A beautiful or seemingly enchanted place.
      as modifier ‘a fairyland castle’
      • ‘From this elevated viewpoint the peaks of the Paine massif appeared as tightly packed turrets in some fairyland castle.’
      • ‘South of this chasm lies the twinkling fairyland that is gastronomic Manhattan, from Jean Georges to Nobu.’
      • ‘His wife sits regally with her daughter, both seeming like fairyland characters from A Midsummer Night's Dream.’
      • ‘Fashion designers have turned the runway into a fairyland of heavenly creations embroidered with vines and butterflies.’
      • ‘Come evening, the whole city wore the look of a spectacular fairyland, with a million bulbs illuminating the streets and shopping areas.’
      • ‘It was an undersea fairyland, with profusions of rainbow-laden fish so thick they blocked out the sun.’
      • ‘It was a fairyland of lights wrapped around the palm trees, tables covered with white linen and a musical trio playing softly.’
      • ‘Choosing such a setting is creative, it brings a surreal quality, like a fairyland story book.’
      • ‘At night, it looks out on a fairyland of Manhattan's glittering lights.’
      • ‘The heavy, brightly painted iron gates in the foreground open into the temple courtyard to make a contrasting frame for the almost fairyland character of the temple itself.’
      • ‘What followed was a whirlwind of travel far from their simple bush home and a new life in sophisticated Vienna, a fairyland of enchanting castles and unimagined luxury.’
      • ‘The set, in an atmospheric walled garden of Queens College, is transformed into a fantastic fairyland of sparkling glass raindrops, twinkling lights and looming plantlife.’
      • ‘Hannah took off into a fairyland of snowy pines.’
      • ‘These deep reefs lay in a murky world, somewhere between day and night, and rocky maws harbor a fairyland of colorful, varied and tightly integrated animals.’
      • ‘It looks like a winter fairyland as its trees and plants are all covered with snow.’
      • ‘During the exhibition, a 45-member folk song and dance troupe from Italy will give performances for viewers in the fairyland of lights.’
      • ‘The orphanage she did visit she found positively idyllic - ‘a fairyland,’ colorful, landscaped, neat, and full of laughing children.’
      • ‘The snow-covered window frames and door lintels added a fairyland flavour to the solemn church.’
      • ‘With the soft music in the background, the room seemed alive, and the small, twinkling colored sparks of light turned the room into a fairyland full of stars.’
      • ‘The snow was perfect as I skied though a fairyland of crystals.’
    2. 1.2 An imagined ideal place; a utopia.
      • ‘Furthermore, is fantasy an adequate political tool or does it lead writer and reader to forget material circumstances whilst indulging in a fairyland where all difference and struggle are dissolved and they all lived happily ever after?’
      • ‘New director Alfonso Cuaron has picked up where Chris Columbus left off, and has twisted Columbus' fairyland into something much darker.’
      • ‘In Denmark, the Pacific might seem like a distant fairyland.’
      • ‘A whole summer went by and now it's time to head back to the wonderful fairyland called college, where responsibility is kept to a minimum and partying is a club sport.’
      • ‘Clearly this ‘clan’ resides in the same delusional fairyland that Hambo is known to occupy on occasion.’
      • ‘That's when I always felt transported to a fairyland where there were no teachers, no homework, no caning.’
      • ‘Both the criticism and the policy amount to a protest against the intrusion of reality into a fairyland where everyone had the ‘right’ not to get hurt.’
      • ‘Moral failures don't register on metal detectors, and other proposed fairylands such as eliminating poverty and racism, tighter gun controls, better education, or more therapy are nothing but soothing relief for the crime problem.’
      • ‘There is a certain confidence and strength and a kind of utopian fairyland represented in this painting.’
      • ‘And they want us to base our economic policy on this fairyland.’
      • ‘The men of the twenty-ninth century live in a perpetual fairyland, though they do not seem to realise it.’
      • ‘But the cusp between a fantasy world and the natural one, between fairyland and Bognor Regis, has fascinated writers and artists for centuries.’
      • ‘Lilavati and Amriti did come but for his ageing parents, London was a faraway fairyland.’
      • ‘The most gentle shades of pink were reflected in the patterns of hearts and stars which were everywhere; nothing harsh in this fairyland of a room where a little girl could cuddle up and feel really secure.’
      • ‘From here, it seemed dark, but it was that shore known as the bright place, the fields of elysium, the last shore: there, the fairylands of flowers and blowing grasses grew like the hair of the dead in their graves, beneath a sunless sky.’
      • ‘I discovered that if I wanted to be able to see and continue to enjoy this fairyland, it would have to be real, which meant true - and truth and reality are not interested in egoism.’
      perfect time, ideal time, wonderful time, moment of bliss, honeymoon
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