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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fairy, faery, faerie, fay, sprite(noun)

    a small being, human in form, playful and having magical powers


  1. fairy(Noun)

    the realm of faerie; enchantment, illusion.

  2. fairy(Noun)

    A mythical being who had magical powers, known in many sizes and descriptions, although often depicted in modern illustrations only as small and spritely with gauze-like wings; A sprite.

  3. fairy(Noun)

    a male homosexual, especially one who is effeminate.

  4. fairy(Noun)

    A nature spirit revered in modern paganism.

  5. Origin: From Middle English fairie, from faerie, the -erie abstract of fae, from Fata, from fatum

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fairy(noun)

    enchantment; illusion

  2. Fairy(noun)

    the country of the fays; land of illusions

  3. Fairy(noun)

    an imaginary supernatural being or spirit, supposed to assume a human form (usually diminutive), either male or female, and to meddle for good or evil in the affairs of mankind; a fay. See Elf, and Demon

  4. Fairy(noun)

    an enchantress

  5. Fairy(adj)

    of or pertaining to fairies

  6. Fairy(adj)

    given by fairies; as, fairy money

  7. Origin: [OE. fairie, faierie, enchantment, fairy folk, fairy, OF. faerie enchantment, F. fer, fr. LL. Fata one of the goddesses of fate. See Fate, and cf. Fay a fairy.]


  1. Fairy

    A fairy is a type of mythical being or legendary creature, a form of spirit, often described as metaphysical, supernatural or preternatural. Fairies resemble various beings of other mythologies, though even folklore that uses the term fairy offers many definitions. Sometimes the term describes any magical creature, including goblins or gnomes: at other times, the term only describes a specific type of more ethereal creature. Fairies are generally described as human in appearance and having magical powers. Their origins are less clear in the folklore, being variously dead, or some form of demon, or a species completely independent of humans or angels. Folklorists have suggested that their actual origin lies in a conquered race living in hiding, or in religious beliefs that lost currency with the advent of Christianity. These explanations are not necessarily incompatible, and they may be traceable to multiple sources. Much of the folklore about fairies revolves around protection from their malice. Although in modern culture they are often depicted as young, sometimes winged, humanoids of small stature, they originally were depicted quite differently: tall, radiant, angelic beings or short, wizened trolls being two of the commonly mentioned forms. One common theme found among the Celtic nations describes a race of diminutive people who had been driven into hiding by invading humans. When considered as beings that a person might actually encounter, fairies were noted for their mischief and malice.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fairy

    fār′i, n. an imaginary being, generally of diminutive and graceful human form, capable of kindly or unkindly acts towards man: fairy-folk collectively: an enchantress, or creature of overpowering charm.—adj. like a fairy, fanciful, whimsical, delicate.—adv. Fair′ily.—n.pl. Fair′y-beads, the separate joints of the stems of fossil crinoids found in carboniferous limestone.—ns. Fair′y-butt′er, a name applied in northern England to certain gelatinous fungi; Fair′ydom; Fair′yhood, Fair′yism; Fair′yland, the country of the fairies.—adj. Fair′y-like, like or acting like fairies.—n. Fair′y-mon′ey, money given by fairies, which quickly changes into withered leaves, &c.: money found.—ns.pl. Fair′y-rings, -cir′cles, spots or circles in pastures, either barer than the rest of the field, or greener—due to the outwardly spreading growth of various fungi.—ns. Fair′y-stone, a fossil echinite found abundantly in chalk-pits; Fair′y-tale, a story about fairies: an incredible tale. [O. Fr. faerie, enchantment—fae (mod. fée). See Fay.]

Editors Contribution

  1. fairy

    Is an image of a perceived supernatural being or spirit used in pictures and products created and designed in various colors, materials, shapes, sizes and styles.

    She has a garden with fairy ornaments throughout for her grandchildren to come and play in and use their imagination. They are a variety of fairy products sold throughout the world.

    Submitted by MaryC on October 7, 2015  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fairy in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fairy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of fairy in a Sentence

  1. Rita Outen:

    There was also that fairy tale comment.

  2. Attila Holoda:

    At the moment this is just a fairy tale.

  3. Dejan Stojanovic:

    The world is a fairy tale; we are its guardians.

  4. Atlantic Starr:

    This fairy tale we're living is real inside our hearts.

  5. Hans Christian Anderson:

    Everyman's life is a fairy tale written by God's fingers.

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