Meaning of “fairy tale” in the English Dictionary

"fairy tale" in British English

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fairy talenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfeə.ri ˌteɪl/ us /ˈfer.i ˌteɪl/ UK also fairy story

a traditional story written for children that usually involves imaginary creatures and magic

fairy-taleadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈfeə.ri.teɪl/ us /ˈfer.i.teɪl/ approving

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

"fairy tale" in American English

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fairy talenoun [ C ]

us /ˈfeər·i ˌteɪl/

literature a traditional story, usually written for children, which often involves imaginary creatures and magic

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