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Sleeping Beauty

noun
1.
a beautiful princess, the heroine of a popular fairy tale, awakened from a charmed sleep by the kiss of the prince who is her true love.
2.
(italics) the fairy tale itself.
3.
(italics) a ballet (1889) by Tchaikovsky.
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  • She was like the Sleeping Beauty in the Wood, calling in her sleep.

    Dodo's Daughter E. F. Benson
  • The Sleeping Beauty position is very soothing while it lasts.

    The Independence of Claire Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • The lady of honor with affected testiness addressed the Sleeping Beauty.

    Everychild Louis Dodge
  • This Sleeping Beauty had a way of pretending to be ugly to the new-comer.

  • Dense, tangled, almost impenetrable, it reminded Jack of the wood grown by fairy power round the palace of the Sleeping Beauty.

Sleeping Beauty in Culture

“Sleeping Beauty” definition


A fairy tale from the collection of Charles Perrault, about a beautiful princess cast into a deep sleep through a jealous fairy's curse. Sleeping Beauty is awakened at last by the kiss of a prince.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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