What is fairy?

  • (noun): Small, human in form, playful, having magical powers.
    Synonyms: faery, faerie, sprite
    See also — Additional definitions below


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.

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Fairy - Fairies in Religion - Theosophy
... The Cottingley Fairies photographs in 1917 (revealed by the "photographers" in 1981 to have been faked) were originally publicized by Theosophists, many of whom believed them to be real ... C.W ...
The Valiant Little Tailor
... The Valiant Little Tailor or The Brave Little Tailor is a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm, tale number 20 ... collected another variant A Dozen at One Blow in European Folk and Fairy Tales ... Andrew Lang included it in The Blue Fairy Book ...
... various species are loosely known by names such as Fairy's Fishing Rods, Fairy's Wands, Fairy Bells, Wedding Bells, Hairbells, Harebells ...
The Yellow Dwarf - Synopsis
... Uneasy that her daughter would never marry, the queen went to visit the Fairy of the Desert for advice ... She made a cake to protect herself from the lions that guarded the fairy, but she lost it ... Her daughter, distressed, went to seek the same fairy ...
The White Dove (Danish Fairy Tale)
... The White Dove is a Danish fairy tale ... Andrew Lang included it in The Pink Fairy Book ...

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Famous quotes containing the word fairy:

    When the first baby laughed for the first time, the laugh broke into a thousand pieces and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies. And now when every new baby is born its first laugh becomes a fairy. So there ought to be one fairy for every boy or girl.
    —J.M. (James Matthew)

    Why should we strive, with cynic frown,
    To knock their fairy castles down?
    Eliza Cook (1818–1889)

    ... and the next summer she died in childbirth.
    That’s all. Of course, there may be some sort of sequel but it is not known to me. In such cases instead of getting bogged down in guesswork, I repeat the words of the merry king in my favorite fairy tale: Which arrow flies for ever? The arrow that has hit its mark.
    Vladimir Nabokov (1899–1977)