An example of a fairy is Tinker Bell.
Other Word Forms
Origin of fairy
- Middle 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 fate
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.