Definition of Cinderella in English:


Line breaks: Cin¦der|ella
Pronunciation: /sɪndəˈrɛlə
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 which she leaves behind.
1.1 [as noun] A person or thing that is undeservedly neglected or ignored: is research into breast cancer to remain the Cinderella of medicine?
More example sentences
  • They are the Cinderellas of the public sector workers.
  • Mental health patients are the Cinderellas of the NHS, always have been, always will be.
  • In terms of recognition, children's companies have been the Cinderellas of theatre.


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

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