Definition of fairy in English:


Syllabification: fair·y
Pronunciation: /ˈferē

noun (plural fairies)

1A small imaginary being of human form that has magical powers, especially a female one.
More example sentences
  • I love magical things like fairies and goblins.
  • The fairies occupied the land in many parts of the world, yet just like the multiple races of humans or demons, fairies have several of their own.
  • It says everything your inner child wants to hear: believe in fairies and the powers of the imagination; and no matter how bad real life can become, you can always visit Neverland.
2 informal offensive A male homosexual.


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Belonging to, resembling, or associated with fairies: fairy gold
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  • She's more of the princess in ballroom dress or the magical fairy type.
  • A breathtaking ballet is set in the magical world of a fairy kingdom, where the King and Queen are celebrating the birth of their daughter, Princess Aurora.
  • Her fairy powers were drawn tightly around her, like a cloak.


Middle English (denoting fairyland, or fairies collectively): from Old French faerie, from fae 'a fairy', from Latin fata 'the Fates', plural of fatum (see fate). Compare with fay.



More example sentences
  • Small fountains and courtyards drew her in; they seemed, in Guinevere's imagination, small pieces of another world; fairylike, ornate, and delicate.
  • Driving back we got the same thrill we always do at seeing Butte at night… It is so fairylike with its twinkling lights and so startling in a black wilderness.
  • Please take a brief walk back in time with me, as I share with you a bit of history about the exquisite, fairylike Rocky Mountain columbine.

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