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.


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fairy tale or fairy story
1.  a story about fairies or other mythical or magical beings, esp one of traditional origin told to children
2.  a highly improbable account
fairy story or fairy story

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Word Origin & History

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