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fairy tale

n.
1. A fanciful tale of legendary deeds and creatures, usually intended for children.
2. A fictitious, highly fanciful story or explanation.
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fairy tale

or

fairy story

n
1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a story about fairies or other mythical or magical beings, esp one of traditional origin told to children
2. a highly improbable account
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fair′y tale`


n.
1. a story, usu. for children, about elves, hobgoblins, dragons, fairies, or other magical creatures.
2. an incredible or misleading statement or account. Also called fair′y sto`ry.
[1740–50]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fairy tale - a story about fairiesfairy tale - a story about fairies; told to amuse children
narration, narrative, story, tale - a message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of events; presented in writing or drama or cinema or as a radio or television program; "his narrative was interesting"; "Disney's stories entertain adults as well as children"
Bluebeard - (fairytale) a monstrous villain who marries seven women; he kills the first six for disobedience
2.fairy tale - an interesting but highly implausible story; often told as an excuse
fib, taradiddle, tarradiddle, tale, story - a trivial lie; "he told a fib about eating his spinach"; "how can I stop my child from telling stories?"
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fairy tale

fairy story
noun
1. folk tale, romance, traditional story She was like a princess in a fairy tale.
2. lie, fantasy, fiction, invention, fabrication, untruth, porky (Brit. slang), pork pie (Brit. slang), urban myth, tall story, urban legend, cock-and-bull story (informal) many of those who write books lie much more than those who tell fairy tales
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
Translations
pohádka
eventyr
satu
bajka
tündérmese
ævintýri
おとぎ話
동화
pravljica
saga
นิทานเทพนิยาย
chuyện cổ tích

fairy tale

nfiaba; (lie) → frottola
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

fairy tale

حِكَايَةٌ خُرافِيَّة pohádka eventyr Märchen παραμύθι cuento de hadas satu conte de fées bajka fiaba おとぎ話 동화 sprookje eventyr bajka conto de fadas сказка saga นิทานเทพนิยาย peri masalı chuyện cổ tích 童话
Multilingual Translator © HarperCollins Publishers 2009
References in classic literature ?
Folklore, legends, myths and fairy tales have followed childhood through the ages, for every healthy youngster has a wholesome and instinctive love for stories fantastic, marvelous and manifestly unreal.
Just at that moment the merry old man came in who lived up a-top of the house all alone; for he had neither wife nor children--but he liked children very much, and knew so many fairy tales, that it was quite delightful.
Once on a time I really imagined myself "an author of fairy tales," but now I am merely an editor or private secretary for a host of youngsters whose ideas I am requestsed to weave into the thread of my stories.
CECILY:--"Besides, fairy tales always end nicely and this doesn't."
"We were talking fairy tales," he answered, "and they are not nonsense.
"I've come to bring you some money, too, for nightingales, we know, can't live on fairy tales," he said.
Was it not like the old fairy tales, the you-help-us and we'll-help-you of Psyche and the ants?
"They will say that it is but one more of the fairy tales of this wonderful Mr.
"These," he declared, "are fairy tales. Pailleton was a friend of mine.
Amid the brisk, bright colours of such a day, and in the heraldic framework of such a town, he did feel rather as if he had entered a fairy tale. He took a childish pleasure, as a younger brother might, in the formidable sword-stick which Flambeau always flung as he walked, and which now stood upright beside his tall mug of Munich.
Our tree became the talking tree of the fairy tale; legends and stories nestled like birds in its branches.
Much that is written of it is little more than a fairy tale, for it was not until long afterwards that anything about this time was written down.