A little girl dressed as a fairy.
An example of a fairy is Tinker Bell.
- Folklore a being usually in human form and having magic powers, specif. one that is tiny, graceful, and delicate
- Slang a male homosexual: term of contempt or derision
Origin of fairyME, fairyland, fairy from Old French faerie from fée: see fay
- of fairies
- fairylike; graceful; delicate
- An imaginary being in human form, depicted as clever, mischievous, and possessing magical powers.
- Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a gay man.
Origin of fairyMiddle English fairie fairyland, enchanted being from Old French faerie from fae fairy from Vulgar Latin Fāta goddess of fate from Latin fāta the Fates pl. of fātum fate ; see fate .
- A mythical being who had magical powers, known in many sizes and descriptions, although often depicted in modern illustrations only as small and spritely with gauze-like wings; A sprite.
- (Northern England, US, derogatory, colloquial) a male homosexual, especially one who is effeminate.
- (paganism) A nature spirit revered in modern paganism.
English from ca. 1300, first in the sense of "enchantment, illusion, dream" and later "realm of the fays, fairy-land" or "the inhabitants of fairyland as a collective". The re-interpretation of the term as a countable noun denoting individual inhabitants of fairy-land can be traced to the 1390s, but becomes common only in the 16th century.