fairy tale

fair·y tale
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fair-ee teyl]
    • /ˈfɛər i teɪl/
    • /ˈfeə.ri teɪl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fair-ee teyl]
    • /ˈfɛər i teɪl/

Definitions of fairy tale words

  • noun fairy tale a story, usually for children, about elves, hobgoblins, dragons, fairies, or other magical creatures. 1
  • noun fairy tale an incredible or misleading statement, account, or belief: His story of being a millionaire is just a fairy tale. 1
  • noun fairy tale fantasy story 1
  • noun fairy tale magical, ideal 1
  • countable noun fairy tale A fairy tale is a story for children involving magical events and imaginary creatures. 0
  • adjective fairy tale A fairy tale place or situation is so wonderful that you can hardly believe that it is real. 0

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Origin of fairy tale

First appearance:

before 1740
One of the 48% newest English words
First recorded in 1740-50

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Parts of speech for Fairy tale


fairy tale popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 43% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 50% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

fairy tale usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fairy tale

noun fairy tale

  • fable — a short tale to teach a moral lesson, often with animals or inanimate objects as characters; apologue: the fable of the tortoise and the hare; Aesop's fables.
  • myth — a traditional or legendary story, usually concerning some being or hero or event, with or without a determinable basis of fact or a natural explanation, especially one that is concerned with deities or demigods and explains some practice, rite, or phenomenon of nature.
  • tale — a narrative that relates the details of some real or imaginary event, incident, or case; story: a tale about Lincoln's dog.
  • yarn — thread made of natural or synthetic fibers and used for knitting and weaving.
  • marchen — a German fairy tale or fictional story

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