Meaning of “Cinderella” in the English Dictionary


"Cinderella" in English

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Cinderellanoun [ S ]

uk /ˌsɪn.dərˈel.ə/ us /-dəˈrel-/

a girl in a traditional story who was badly treated by her sisters but who met and married a prince

UK someone or something that is given little attention or care, especially less than they deserve:

Mental health has long been considered the Cinderella of the health service.

US someone or something, especially a sports team, that achieves success when people think they are very unlikely to:

The Colts, with their "poor" defense, may prove to be the Cinderella team of the playoffs.

(Definition of “Cinderella” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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Cinderellanoun [ C ]

us /ˌsɪn·dəˈrel·ə/

someone or something suddenly successful but previously unknown or given little attention, from a traditional story:

All four Cinderella teams lost in the semifinals, leaving no true underdogs.

(Definition of “Cinderella” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)