Fairy - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈferi|  American pronunciation of the word fairy
Brit.  |ˈfɛːri|  British pronunciation of the word fairy


- a small being, human in form, playful and having magical powers (syn: faerie, faery, fay, sprite)
- offensive term for a homosexual man (syn: fag, faggot, fagot, nance, pansy, poof, poove, pouf, queen, queer)


...fairies are part of the folklore of many countries and cultures...

...knights are celebrated in fairy tales for rescuing damsels in distress...

...in fairy tales stepmothers are often portrayed as harpies who make the lives of their stepchildren miserable...

...she bought the book of fairy tales for the beautiful engravings of nymphs and fairies featured between the stories...

a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen

the fairy tale about the sleeping princess

Everything he told us about his happy marriage was just a fairy tale.

the children resembled a fairy herd

not a fairy palace; yet a mundane wonder of unimagined kind

...fairy tales that typically portray stepmothers as viragoes...

Word forms

singular: fairy
plural: fairies
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