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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fairy, faery, faerie, fay, spritenoun

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

Wiktionary

  1. fairynoun

    the realm of faerie; enchantment, illusion.

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

  2. fairynoun

    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.

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

  3. fairynoun

    a male homosexual, especially one who is effeminate.

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

  4. fairynoun

    A nature spirit revered in modern paganism.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fairynoun

    enchantment; illusion

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Fairynoun

    the country of the fays; land of illusions

    Etymology: [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.]

  3. Fairynoun

    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

    Etymology: [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.]

  4. Fairynoun

    an enchantress

    Etymology: [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.]

  5. Fairyadjective

    of or pertaining to fairies

    Etymology: [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.]

  6. Fairyadjective

    given by fairies; as, fairy money

    Etymology: [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.]

Freebase

  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.]

Rap Dictionary

  1. fairy

    a very femine homosexual man. I'm not the type to let a woman make me weary, But to resist, he'd have to be a fairy -- The D.O.C. (Beautiful But Deadly)

Editors Contribution

  1. fairy

    Is a picture of a perceived angelic being or spirit 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. J. M. Barrie:

    Every time a child says, I don't believe in fairies, there is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead.

  2. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    When I was growing up in a small village in India, the fairy-tales and children's stories led me to believe that villains and bad guys look like monsters, and they are really very rude and crude in their behavior. The movies during my generation also strengthened that perseption. As I grew up and travelled around the world, I soon realized the reality that the bad guys and villains are often good looking, well-behaved, silky smooth, sharp and smart...often too smart to gain your complete confidence before their brutal betrayal and them deceitfully back-stabbing you when you least expect it. We all discover this harsh reality hard way, after getting entangled at least once in their tantalizing tangled web of deception, that appearances can often be deceptive, and too good to be true - always! And yet, not all the times but only occasionally, the dreamer and optimist inside us likes to believe those fairy-tales and the happy-ending movies from childhood....

  3. Parzival:

    If you want your children to be a intelligent read them fairy tales, if you want them to be a genius, read them even more fairy tales. -Albert Einstein

  4. Arthur Rimbaud:

    For a long time I found the celebrities of modern painting and poetry ridiculous. I loved absurd pictures, fanlights, stage scenery, mountebanks backcloths, inn-signs, cheap colored prints; unfashionable literature, church Latin, pornographic books badly spelt, grandmothers novels, fairy stories, little books for children, old operas, empty refrains, simple rhythms.

  5. Jon Scieszka:

    Lane and I got turned down in a lot of places because people thought the manuscript of The Three Little Pigs was too sophisticated. That became a curse word—the 'S' word… People don't give kids enough credit for knowing the fairy tales and being able to get what parody is.

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    a decorative musical accompaniment (often improvised) added above a basic melody
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