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One that unexpectedly achieves recognition or success after a period of obscurity and neglect.
[After Cinderella, , the fairy-tale character who escapes from a life of drudgery and marries a prince, translation of French Cendrillon.]
1. a girl who achieves fame after being obscure
a. a poor, neglected, or unsuccessful person or thing
b. (as modifier): a Cinderella service within the NHS.
3. (modifier) relating to dramatic success: a Cinderella story.
[C19: after Cinderella, the heroine of a fairy tale who is aided by a fairy godmother]
Cin•der•el•la(ˌsɪn dəˈrɛl ə)
n., pl. -las.
1. a heroine of a fairy tale who is maltreated by a stepmother but achieves happiness and marries a prince through the intervention of a fairy godmother.
2. a person who achieves sudden success, esp. after obscurity or neglect.
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|Noun||1.||Cinderella - a woman whose merits were not been recognized but who then achieves sudden success and recognition|
|2.||Cinderella - a fictional young girl who is saved from her stepmother and stepsisters by her fairy godmother and a handsome prince|
Cinderella[ˌsɪndəˈrɛlə] n → Cendrillon
n (lit, fig) → Aschenputtel nt