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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
1740-1750
1740-50
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British Dictionary definitions for fairy-tale

fairy-tale

adjective
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

fairy tale

noun
1.
a story about fairies or other mythical or magical beings, esp one of traditional origin told to children
2.
a highly improbable account
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Word Origin and History for fairy-tale

fairy tale

n.

"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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for fairy-tale

fairy tale

noun

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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