What does Cinderella mean?

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ˌsɪn dəˈrɛl əCin·derel·la

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Cinderella(noun)

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

  2. Cinderella(noun)

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


  1. Cinderella(Noun)

    A mistreated and impoverished girl.

  2. Cinderella(Noun)

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

  3. Cinderella(Noun)

    Neglected and denied resources, as a Cinderella service.

  4. Cinderella(Noun)

    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.

  5. Cinderella(Noun)

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

  6. Cinderella(ProperNoun)

    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.

  7. Cinderella(ProperNoun)

    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.

  8. cinderella(Noun)

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

  9. Origin: 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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  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. Michelle Starkey:

    I just wanted to be like Cinderella for a night.

  2. Ahmed Zayat:

    Cinderella stories don't always have Cinderella endings.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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