Definition of fairy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈferē/

noun (plural fairies)

1A small imaginary being of human form that has magical powers, especially a female one.
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.
sprite, pixie, elf, imp, brownie, puck, leprechaun
literary faerie, fay
2 informal, offensive A male homosexual.


Belonging to, resembling, or associated with fairies: fairy gold
More example sentences
  • 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.



Pronunciation: /ˈferēˌlīk/
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.


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.

  • Although we now think of fairies as small, delicate creatures they come from a powerful source—Latin fata ‘the Fates’ ( see fate). The old spelling faerie is first recorded in The Faerie Queene, the title of a poem by Edmund Spenser celebrating Queen Elizabeth I (the figure of the ‘Faerie Queene’ herself was taken to stand for Elizabeth). Faerie was originally the collective form of the word, with fae or nowadays fay as the singular.

Words that rhyme with fairy

airy, Azeri, canary, carabinieri, Carey, Cary, chary, clary, contrary, dairy, Dari, faerie, glairy, glary, Guarneri, hairy, lairy, miserere, nary, Nyerere, prairie, Salieri, scary, Tipperary, vary, wary

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Syllabification: fair·y

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