Definition of Cinderella in English:

Cinderella

Syllabification: Cin·der·el·la
Pronunciation: /ˌsindəˈrelə
 
/
1A girl in various traditional European fairy tales. In the version by Charles Perrault she is exploited as a servant by her family but enabled by a fairy godmother to attend a royal ball. She meets and captivates Prince Charming but has to flee at midnight, leaving the prince to identify her by the glass slipper that she leaves behind.
1.1 [as noun] A person or thing of unrecognized or disregarded merit or beauty.
1.2 [as noun] A neglected aspect of something: is research into breast cancer to remain the Cinderella of medicine?
1.3 Philately Any stamplike label that is not valid as postage.

Origin

from cinder + the diminutive suffix -ella, on the pattern of French Cendrillon, from cendre 'cinders'.

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