Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Fairy'
- small, human in form, playful, having magical powers [syn: faery, faerie, sprite]
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- Fairy \Fair"y\, a.
- Of or pertaining to fairies.
- 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 \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.]
- Enchantment; illusion. [Obs.] --Chaucer. The God of her has made an end, And fro this worlde's fairy Hath taken her into company. --Gower.
- The country of the fays; land of illusions. [Obs.] He [Arthur] is a king y-crowned in Fairy. --Lydgate.
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Fairy'
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.[See more about Fairy at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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'Fairy' in famous quotation sentence
* 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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