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Line breaks: fay
Pronunciation: /feɪ

Definition of fay in English:


A fairy: elves and evil fays
More example sentences
  • The fays had decided that the two humans were far more interesting than the peryton and gnome (who were still fighting it out) and had begun tangling themselves in Abigail's hair.
  • They danced and played like forest Druids and lyrical fays, changing shape and shifting in a series of brilliant colors, fluidly morphing over and over, never the same thing twice.
  • It didn't display any fiendish goblin or conniving fay, which disappointed me.


late Middle English: from Old French fae, faie, from Latin fata 'the Fates', plural of fatum (see fate). Compare with fairy.

  • fairy from (Middle English):

    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.

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