Definition of fairy tale in English:

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fairy tale

Pronunciation: /ˈferē tāl/
(also fairy story)

noun

1A children’s story about magical and imaginary beings and lands.
Example sentences
  • She was due to play Cinderella in a school rendition of the classic fairy tale, but shocked staff cancelled the production.
  • My favourite fairy tale was The Little Mermaid and that was because Ariel got her prince just by loving him.
  • There's constant repetition which, at times, gives the writing the soothing familiarity of a fairy tale.
Synonyms
folk tale, folk story, traditional story, myth, legend, fantasy, fable
1.1 [as modifier] Denoting something regarded as resembling a fairy story in being magical, idealized, or extremely happy: a fairy-tale romance
More example sentences
  • Vidocq's great achievement was to confer his magical, fairy-tale prestige on a branch of government administration.
  • This subtle but persistent political theme is well served by the author's tart humor, as is the fairy-tale romance.
  • We've been together for over ten years now, and it's still a fairy-tale romance.
1.2A fabricated story, especially one intended to deceive.
Example sentences
  • Just don't start believing the fairytales about spring records meaning anything.
  • This whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I've ever seen.
  • And that was a big surprise to many people who expected Russia Today to go and tell all the fairy tales about Russia to the world.
Synonyms
lie, white lie, fib, half-truth, untruth, falsehood, tall tale, story, fabrication, invention, fiction
informal whopper, cock-and-bull story

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Syllabification: fair·y tale

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