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Fairy Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    fairy n
  1. small, human in form, playful, having magical powers [syn: faery, faerie, sprite]
  2. offensive terms for an openly homosexual man [syn: fagot, faggot, fag, nance, pansy, queen, queer, poof, poove, pouf]
Fairy Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Fairy \Fair"y\, a.
  1. Of or pertaining to fairies.
  2. Given by fairies; as, fairy money. --Dryden. Fairy bird (Zo["o]l.), the Euoropean little tern (Sterna minuta); -- called also sea swallow, and hooded tern. Fairy bluebird. (Zo["o]l.) See under Bluebird. Fairy martin (Zo["o]l.), a European swallow (Hirrundo ariel}) that builds flask-shaped nests of mud on overhanging cliffs. Fairy rings or circles, the circles formed in grassy lawns by certain fungi (as Marasmius Oreades), formerly supposed to be caused by fairies in their midnight dances. Fairy shrimp (Zo["o]l.), a European fresh-water phyllopod crustacean (Chirocephalus diaphanus); -- so called from its delicate colors, transparency, and graceful motions. The name is sometimes applied to similar American species. Fairy stone (Paleon.), an echinite.
Fairy Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Fairy \Fair"y\, n.; pl. Fairies. [OE. fairie, faierie, enchantment, fairy folk, fairy, OF. faerie enchantment, F. f['e]er, fr. LL. Fata one of the goddesses of fate. See Fate, and cf. Fay a fairy.] [Written also fa["e]ry.]
  1. Enchantment; illusion. [Obs.] --Chaucer. The God of her has made an end, And fro this worlde's fairy Hath taken her into company. --Gower.
  2. The country of the fays; land of illusions. [Obs.] He [Arthur] is a king y-crowned in Fairy. --Lydgate.
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A fairy (also faery, faerie, fay, fae; euphemistically wee folk, good folk, people of peace, fair folk, etc.) 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.

The word fairy derives from Middle English faierie (also fayerye, feirie, fairie), a direct borrowing from Old French faerie (Modern French féerie) meaning the land, realm, or characteristic activity (i.e. enchantment) of the legendary people of folklore and romance called (in Old French) faie or fee (Modern French fée). This derived ultimately from Late Latin fata (one of the personified Fates, hence a guardian or tutelary spirit, hence a spirit in general); cf. Italian fata, Spanish hada of the same origin.

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* I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity. - Roosevelt, Eleanor

* Everyman's life is a fairy tale written by God's fingers. - Hans Christian Anderson

* The only words that ever satisfied me as describing Nature are the terms used in fairy books, charm, spell, enchantment. They express the arbitrariness of the fact and its mystery. - Gilbert Keith Chesterton


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    Superstar Julie Andrews, who also writes the "Very Fairy Princess'' series of children's books with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, will be interviewed by WTNH's Ann Nyberg on Wednesday, April 30, at 7 p.m. in a program presented by R.J. Julia Booksellers at First Congregational Church, 26 Meeting House Lane, Madison. The latest book is &q Read more on this news related to 'Fairy'
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