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Cinderella Line breaks: Cin¦der|ella
Pronunciation: /sɪndəˈrɛlə/

Definition of Cinderella in English:

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'.

Words that rhyme with Cinderella

a cappella, Arabella, Bella, bestseller, Capella, cellar, citronella, Clarabella, corella, Daniela, Della, dispeller, dweller, Ella, expeller, favela, fella, fellah, feller, Fenella, Floella, foreteller, Heller, impeller, interstellar, Keller, Louella, Mandela, mortadella, mozzarella, Nigella, novella, paella, panatella, patella, predella, propeller, queller, quinella, repeller, rosella, rubella, salmonella, Santiago de Compostela, seller, smeller, speller, Stella, stellar, tarantella, teller, umbrella, Viyella
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