fairy tale Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “fairy tale” in the English Dictionary

"fairy tale" in British English

See all translations

fairy talenoun [C]

uk   us   (UK also fairy story)
a ​traditionalstory written for ​children that usually ​involvesimaginarycreatures and ​magic

fairy-taleadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈfeə.ri.teɪl/  us   /ˈfer.i-/ approving
having a ​special and ​attractive or ​beautifulquality, like something in a ​fairytale: They had a fairy-tale wedding. Sadly, there was no fairy-tale ​happyending to the ​story.
(Definition of fairy tale from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fairy tale" in American English

See all translations

fairy talenoun [C]

 us   /ˈfeər·i ˌteɪl/
literature a ​traditionalstory, usually written for ​children, which often ​involvesimaginarycreatures and ​magic
(Definition of fairy tale from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “fairy tale”
in Arabic حَدّوتة (قِصّة خَياليّة للأطْفال)…
in Korean 동화…
in Portuguese conto de fadas…
in Catalan conte de fades…
in Japanese おとぎ話…
in Chinese (Simplified) 童话故事…
in Turkish peri gibi, mutlu ve güzel…
in Russian сказочный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 童話故事…
in Italian fiaba…
in Polish (jak) z bajki…
What is the pronunciation of fairy tale?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day


to pick and collect crops, or to collect plants, animals, or fish to eat

Word of the Day

Meerkat meme
Meerkat meme
by Colin McIntosh,
September 03, 2015
Meerkats are not new to popular culture (they appear in the folk tales of the San people of the Kalahari), but their arrival in the public’s consciousness, at least in the UK and the US, is a relatively recent phenomenon. Meerkats are small, sociable Southern African mammals that live in large family

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More