What does Cinderella mean?

Definitions for Cinderella
ˌsɪn dəˈrɛl əCin·derel·la

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Cinderellanoun

    a woman whose merits were not been recognized but who then achieves sudden success and recognition

  2. Cinderellanoun

    a fictional young girl who is saved from her stepmother and stepsisters by her fairy godmother and a handsome prince


  1. Cinderellanoun

    A mistreated and impoverished girl.

    Etymology: From cinder, as if little cinder girl. Compare French .

  2. Cinderellanoun

    Rising unexpectedly from obscurity to success, as a Cinderella team.

    Etymology: From cinder, as if little cinder girl. Compare French .

  3. Cinderellanoun

    Neglected and denied resources, as a Cinderella service.

    Etymology: From cinder, as if little cinder girl. Compare French .

  4. Cinderellanoun

    A stamp or stamp-like label issued for purposes other than postal administration, not issued by a central government, or not listed in most general catalogues.

    Etymology: From cinder, as if little cinder girl. Compare French .

  5. Cinderellanoun

    A woman employed to clean, especially to remove ash from stoves and fireplaces.

    Etymology: From cinder, as if little cinder girl. Compare French .

  6. Cinderellanoun

    A popular fairy tale embodying a classic folk tale myth-element of unjust oppression and triumphant reward, of which there were hundreds of versions before modern times.

    Etymology: From cinder, as if little cinder girl. Compare French .

  7. Cinderellanoun

    The main character in this story, a mistreated and impoverished girl. At a royal ball she meets a handsome prince who later identifies her with a dropped article, most commonly a slipper, and removes her from her poverty.

    Etymology: From cinder, as if little cinder girl. Compare French .

  8. cinderellanoun

    A small piece of printed paper resembling a postage stamp, but without any postal value.

    Etymology: From cinder, as if little cinder girl. Compare French .


  1. Cinderella

    "Cinderella," or "The Little Glass Slipper", is a folk tale embodying a myth-element of unjust oppression/triumphant reward. Thousands of variants are known throughout the world. The title character is a young woman living in unfortunate circumstances that are suddenly changed to remarkable fortune. The story was first published by Charles Perrault in Histoires ou contes du temps passé in 1697, and later by the Brothers Grimm in their folk tale collection Grimms' Fairy Tales. Although both the story's title and the character's name change in different languages, in English-language folklore "Cinderella" is the archetypal name. The word "cinderella" has, by analogy, come to mean one whose attributes were unrecognized, or one who unexpectedly achieves recognition or success after a period of obscurity and neglect. The still-popular story of "Cinderella" continues to influence popular culture internationally, lending plot elements, allusions, and tropes to a wide variety of media.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Cinderella

    the youngest member of a family who must drudge at home while her elder sisters go to balls, till one day a fairy befriends her and conveys her to a ball, where she shines as the centre of attraction, and wins the regard of a prince. On quitting the hall she leaves a slipper behind her, by means of which she is identified by the prince, who finds that hers is the only foot that the slipper will fit, and marries her. The story in one version or another is a very ancient and wide-spread one.

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Who Was Who?

  1. Cinderella

    The only scullion maid who had a small foot and two sisters in society. Historians have questioned her claims to fame, but they may easily be substantiated by millions of children.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cinderella in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cinderella in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Cinderella in a Sentence

  1. Jacob McAfee:

    It's symbolic that she stopped at a firehouse, you know, our members took care of her and she ended up having kind of a Cinderella story.

  2. United States:

    Curaçao is a team we can't take lightly, we know that for sure, to me it's a Cinderella story... it's what the @GoldCup is about.

  3. Chris Kyle widow:

    I wanted to support everyone who made this movie representing real veteran families, but I didn't think I had the energy to show up at the Oscars, let alone be presentable, so, I find myself in a surreal position...like Cinderella who scrubs the floors but has a fairy Godmother (Warner Brothers) who got me on a plane and had a dress and jewelry and even the shoes and spanx waiting for me.

  4. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Many people believe that Cinderella's story is a proof that a new pair of shoes can change your life. But to make it happen, you got to lose one shoe in the midnight, and not to go back to pick it up...just like Cinderella.

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    The Cinderella Story in 21st century is less about fitting into the glass slippers, and more about shattering the proverbial glass ceilings.

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incapable of being atoned for
  • A. flabby
  • B. inexpiable
  • C. jejune
  • D. lank

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