synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of fairy in English

English Online Dictionary. What means fairy‎? What does fairy mean?

  • faery, faëry
  • faerie, faërie
  • færie (archaic, nonstandard)
  • fairie

From Middle English faierie, fairie, from Old French faerie, from fae + -erie, from Latin fāta (goddess of fate). Equivalent to fey +‎ -ry.

Attested in English from about 1300, first in the sense of "enchantment, illusion, dream" ("that thou herdest is fairye") and shortly thereafter "realm of the fays, fairy-land" and "the inhabitants of fairyland, collectively". The re-interpretation of the term as a countable noun denoting individual inhabitants of fairy-land can be traced to the 1390s, but became common only in the 16th century, perhaps due to reinterpreting phrases like faerie knight.

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈfɛəɹi/
  • (General Australian) IPA(key): /ˈfeːɹi/
  • (General American) enPR: fârʹē
    • (without the Marymarrymerry merger) IPA(key): /ˈfɛə̯ɹi/
    • (Marymarrymerry merger) IPA(key): /ˈfɛɹi/
  • Rhymes: -ɛəɹi
  • Homophone: ferry (Marymarrymerry merger)

fairy (countable and uncountable, plural fairies)

  1. (uncountable, obsolete) The realm of faerie; enchantment, illusion.
  2. A mythical being of human form with magical powers, known in many sizes and descriptions, although often depicted in modern illustrations only as a small sprite with gauze-like wings, especially one that is female. Fairies are revered in some modern forms of paganism.
  3. An enchantress, or creature of overpowering charm.
  4. (British, obsolete, colloquial) An attractive young woman.
  5. (Northern England, US, derogatory, colloquial) A male homosexual, especially one who is effeminate.
  6. A member of two species of hummingbird in the genus Heliothryx.
  7. A legendary Chinese immortal.
    Synonyms: xian, immortal
  • (supernatural creature): fay, fey, fae, sprite; see also goblin (hostile)
  • (male homosexual): fag (US), faggot (US), poof (UK), queen

fairy (comparative more fairy, superlative most fairy)

  1. Like a fairy; fanciful, whimsical, delicate.
    • ….—a large cashmere shawl, with its border of roses, thrown carelessly on a chair—a crimson cushion, where lay sleeping a Blenheim dog, almost small enough to have passed through the royal ring in that most fairy tale of the White Cat:—all bespoke a lady's room.

From genericized trademark Fairy.

fairy m (uncountable)

  1. (Spain) washing-up liquid, dish soap
    Synonyms: lavavajillas, lavavajillas líquido

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