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Sleeping Beauty

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.
(italics) the fairy tale itself.
(italics) a ballet (1889) by Tchaikovsky. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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“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
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