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[fair-ee-land] /ˈfɛər iˌlænd/
the imaginary realm of fairies.
any enchantingly beautiful region.
Origin of fairyland
1580-90; fairy + land Unabridged
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  • Why had he brought me here, into this fairyland of opalescent lights and intoxicating perfumes?

    The Woman in the Alcove Anna Katharine Green
  • Everything in this part of fairyland was lovely, but it was always cloudy.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • And verily it must be fairyland for Asticot to be driving in Joanna's carriage.

    The Belovd Vagabond William J. Locke
  • Then he made off and reported again to his playmates in fairyland.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • Through this fairyland of light and color we sailed slowly into a region rich in animal life, a curious and striking sight.

    My Attainment of the Pole Frederick A. Cook
  • It turned out that the stranger was Arawn, a king in fairyland.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • "It is not very far from fairyland," the Professor suggested.

    Sylvie and Bruno Lewis Carroll
  • I lured him here hoping that in the delights of fairyland he might forget you.

    Irish Fairy Tales Edmond Leamy
  • fairyland never emerged from old sheds, a King may not even dream of a costumier.

British Dictionary definitions for fairyland


the imaginary domain of the fairies; an enchanted or wonderful place
a fantasy world, esp one resulting from a person's wild imaginings
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Word Origin and History for fairyland

1580s, from fairy + land (n.).

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