fairy-tale

fairy tale

noun
1.
a story, usually for children, about elves, hobgoblins, dragons, fairies, or other magical creatures.
2.
an incredible or misleading statement, account, or belief: His story of being a millionaire is just a fairy tale.
Also called fairy story.


Origin:
1740–50

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fairy tale or fairy story
 
n
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
 
n

fairy-tale
 
adj
1.  of or relating to a fairy tale
2.  resembling a fairy tale, esp in being extremely happy or fortunate: a true story with a fairy-tale ending
3.  highly improbable: he came out with a fairy-tale account of his achievements

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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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