Definitions for fairy tale

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fair′y tale`(n.)

  1. a story, usu. for children, about elves, hobgoblins, dragons, fairies, or other magical creatures.

    Category: Literature

  2. an incredible or misleading statement or account. Also called fair′y sto`ry.

Origin of fairy tale:

1740–50

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fairytale, fairy tale, fairy story(noun)

    a story about fairies; told to amuse children

  2. fairytale, fairy tale, fairy story, cock-and-bull story, song and dance(noun)

    an interesting but highly implausible story; often told as an excuse

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. fairy tale(noun)ˈfɛər i

    a story for children involving magic

Wiktionary

  1. fairy tale(Noun)

    A folktale featuring fairies or similar fantasy characters.

Freebase

  1. Fairy tale

    A fairy tale is a type of short story that typically features folkloric fantasy characters, such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, dwarves, giants, mermaids, or gnomes, and usually magic or enchantments. Fairy tales may be distinguished from other folk narratives such as legends and explicitly moral tales, including beast fables. In less technical contexts, the term is also used to describe something blessed with unusual happiness, as in "fairy tale ending" or "fairy tale romance". Colloquially, a "fairy tale" or "fairy story" can also mean any farfetched story or tall tale; it's used especially of any story that not only isn't true, but couldn't possibly be true. In cultures where demons and witches are perceived as real, fairy tales may merge into legends, where the narrative is perceived both by teller and hearers as being grounded in historical truth. However, unlike legends and epics, they usually do not contain more than superficial references to religion and actual places, people, and events; they take place once upon a time rather than in actual times.

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