He immediately sets about wreaking havoc on the fairy world.
She flitzed and flounced around the arena like a spritely Soviet fairy.
Is there more to U.S. involvement overseas than the fairy tale of knights saving fair maidens from dragons?
As each model strode by, it was like watching a fairy tale come to life in the gilded salons of the Crillon.
One of the heroes calls Christianity a 'fairy tale'—and one of the villains is a reverend.
“It seems like a fairy tale, anyway,” said Jessie, wide-eyed and pink-cheeked.
But in Miss Edgeworth's little fable there is no fairy agency.
They might not have made it so easy to find them in their fairy garden as it was now!
He told her the family traditions that had been the fairy tales of his childhood.
"Oh no," said the fairy, rustling her wings in some displeasure.
c.1300, fairie, "enchantment, magic," from Old French faerie "land of fairies, meeting of fairies, enchantment, magic," from fae "fay," from Latin fata (plural) "the Fates," from PIE *bha- "to speak" (see fame (n.)).
As "a supernatural creature" from late 14c. [contra Tolkien; cf. "This maketh that ther been no fairyes" in "Wife of Bath's Tale"], perhaps via intermediate forms such as fairie knight "supernatural or legendary knight" (early 14c.). The diminutive winged beings so-called in children's stories seem to date from early 17c.
Yet I suspect that this flower-and-butterfly minuteness was also a product of "rationalization," which transformed the glamour of Elfland into mere finesse, and invisibility into a fragility that could hide in a cowslip or shrink behind a blade of grass. It seems to become fashionable soon after the great voyages had begun to make the world seem too narrow to hold both men and elves; when the magic land of Hy Breasail in the West had become the mere Brazils, the land of red-dye-wood. [J.R.R. Tolkien, "On Fairy-Stories," 1947]The slang meaning "effeminate male homosexual" is first recorded 1895. Fairy ring is from 1590s. Fossil sea urchins found on the English downlands were called fairy loaves.