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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fairytale, fairy tale, fairy storynoun

    a story about fairies; told to amuse children

  2. fairytale, fairy tale, fairy story, cock-and-bull story, song and dancenoun

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

Wikipedia

  1. fairytale

    A fairy tale (alternative names include fairytale, fairy story, magic tale, or wonder tale) is a short story that belongs to the folklore genre. Such stories typically feature magic, enchantments, and mythical or fanciful beings. In most cultures, there is no clear line separating myth from folk or fairy tale; all these together form the literature of preliterate societies. Fairy tales may be distinguished from other folk narratives such as legends (which generally involve belief in the veracity of the events described) and explicit 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" (a happy ending) or "fairy-tale romance". Colloquially, the term "fairy tale" or "fairy story" can also mean any far-fetched story or tall tale; it is used especially of any story that not only is not true, but could not possibly be true. Legends are perceived as real within their culture; 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, fairy tales usually do not contain more than superficial references to religion and to actual places, people, and events; they take place "once upon a time" rather than in actual times.Fairy tales occur both in oral and in literary form; the name "fairy tale" ("conte de fées" in French) was first ascribed to them by Madame d'Aulnoy in the late 17th century. Many of today's fairy tales have evolved from centuries-old stories that have appeared, with variations, in multiple cultures around the world.The history of the fairy tale is particularly difficult to trace because only the literary forms can survive. Still, according to researchers at universities in Durham and Lisbon, such stories may date back thousands of years, some to the Bronze Age. Fairy tales, and works derived from fairy tales, are still written today. The Jatakas are probably the oldest collection of such tales in literature, and the greater part of the rest are demonstrably more than a thousand years old. It is certain that much (perhaps one~fifth) of the popular literature of modern Europe is derived from those portions of this large bulk which came west with the Crusades through the medium of Arabs and Jews.Folklorists have classified fairy tales in various ways. The Aarne-Thompson classification system and the morphological analysis of Vladimir Propp are among the most notable. Other folklorists have interpreted the tales' significance, but no school has been definitively established for the meaning of the tales.

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  1. fairytale

    A fairytale is a traditional, fictional story, often intended for children, that usually involves imaginative and fantastical events, characters or creatures such as fairies, goblins, witches, giants, or talking animals. These stories often contain moral or ethical lessons, and typically feature a plot involving a conflict between good and evil characters, with a happy or satisfactory resolution. They may originate from oral folklore and later be recorded in written form.

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  1. Fairytale

    Fairytale is the second album from British singer-songwriter Donovan. It was first released in the UK on 22 October 1965 through Pye Records. The US version of Fairytale was released by Hickory Records in November 1965 with a slightly different set of songs. Peter Eden and Geoff Stephens produced the album.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fairytale in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fairytale in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of fairytale in a Sentence

  1. South Africa Branden Grace:

    It's been a long year and a hard year and now towards the end this is going to be a good Christmas, so it has been a fairytale ending.

  2. Northern Irishman McIlroy:

    I don't think they put a foot wrong, the scenes on Sunday, with Shane winning it was a fairytale ending.

  3. Gudni Thorlacius Johannesson:

    We made it to the World Cup and we're really happy about that, but we didn't quite anticipate how many fans we would gain all over the world. But in sports in general everyone loves the underdog, we are a fairytale story, a nation of 350,000 people on this big stage is quite something, and we hear it from fans all over the world.

  4. Venus Williams:

    It was enough of a fairytale to come here and play, a win would have been nice, but that means I have to come back, play next year.

  5. Vecernji List:

    The win was celebrated throughout Croatia after a fairytale performance which shattered Messi's Argentina to pieces, while Messi was totally subdued, Modric played like a wizard and deserved all the plaudits.

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