fairy

[ fair-ee ]SEE DEFINITION OF fairy

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FAIRY

The fairy godmother romance of it fascinated her girlish mind.

He was no longer the fairy godmother's devoted and humble factotum.

But in Miss Edgeworth's little fable there is no fairy agency.

He told her the family traditions that had been the fairy tales of his childhood.

And if she's Cinderella, can't we have a peep at the fairy godmother?

In the silvery moonlight all the fairy, flower-like quality of her was enhanced.

He who would arrive at the Fairy Land must face the Phantoms.

This fairy was a stickler for the correct use of every word.

Then she knew that these, his playmates, were fairy children.

Now, I should like to see the fairy that could beat him at tricks.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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.

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