- the title character of a fairy tale, a household drudge who, with the help of a fairy godmother, marries a prince
- a person or thing whose merit, value, or beauty is for a time unrecognized
Origin of Cinderellacinder + diminutive suffix -ella: like French Cendrillon (dim. ; from cendre, ashes), a partial translated, translation of German Aschenbrödel, literally , scullion (; from asche, ash + brodeln, bubble up, brew)
resembling Cinderella in being elevated suddenly to a position of honor, glory, etc.: a Cinderella team in a basketball tournament
One that unexpectedly achieves recognition or success after a period of obscurity and neglect.
Origin of CinderellaAfter Cinderella, the fairy-tale character who escapes from a life of drudgery and marries a prince, translation of French Cendrillon.