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fairy tale

a story, usually for children, about elves, hobgoblins, dragons, fairies, or other magical creatures.
an incredible or misleading statement, account, or belief:
His story of being a millionaire is just a fairy tale.
Also called fairy story.
Origin of fairy tale
1740-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for fairy tale
  • It was, additionally, a story implausible as any fairy tale.
  • The structure of the story was always that of a fairy tale.
  • Read a traditional fairy tale and have students list the characters, setting or plot details.
  • My mustang story is a fairy tale with a happy ending.
  • Ah, it is so satisfying to read these kind of debates between the secularists and fairy tale supporters.
  • The fees for this advice are no fairy tale-some play out to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
  • The fairy tale legions of leprechauns, fairies, and goblins are also tricksters.
  • My point is that the comments are supposed to be related to the main article, not some fairy tale that you've spun up.
  • Finally, please don't dismiss evolution as a fairy tale.
  • To those who haven't spent a lot of time studying the substance, or whose study has been superficial, it seems to be a fairy tale.
British Dictionary definitions for fairy tale

fairy tale

a story about fairies or other mythical or magical beings, esp one of traditional origin told to children
a highly improbable account
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fairy tale

"oral narrative centered on magical tests, quests, and transformations," 1749, translating French Conte de feés of Madame d'Aulnois (1698, translated into English 1699). As an adjective (also fairytale), attested by 1963.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for fairy tale

fairy tale


Simplistic explanation, often condescending: don't want to hear your little bedtime story

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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