fairy tale


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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.

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

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]
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?"

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
Translations
pohádka
eventyr
satu
bajka
tündérmese
ævintýri
おとぎ話
동화
pravljica
saga
นิทานเทพนิยาย
chuyện cổ tích

fairy tale

nfiaba; (lie) → frottola

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
References in classic literature ?
Yet the old time fairy tale, having served for generations, may now be classed as "historical" in the children's library; for the time has come for a series of newer "wonder tales" in which the stereotyped genie, dwarf and fairy are eliminated, together with all the horrible and blood-curdling incidents devised by their authors to point a fearsome moral to each tale.
Now drink your tea," said the boy's mother; "then, perhaps, you may hear a fairy tale.
It's a fairy tale, you know, and anything can happen in a fairy tale.
Or if we do discuss them," he went on, "let us weave them into a fairy tale.
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.
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.
It was the first time that Philip in his lonely life had been present in a family circle: his eyes smiled as they rested on the fair children engrossed in the fairy tale.
And Philip will adore you like a husband in a fairy tale.
She's really MacConnell's poetic motif, you see; makes the whole thing a fairy tale.
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.
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?