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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A fanciful tale of legendary deeds and creatures, usually intended for children.
  • n. A fictitious, highly fanciful story or explanation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A folktale featuring fairies or similar fantasy characters.
  • n. An unrealistic story.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a story about magical or mythological creatures, such as fairies, elves, goblins, trolls, orcs, unicorns, wizards, dragons, etc., usually composed for the amusement of children; called also a fairy story.
  • n. a false story intended to deceive or mislead, especially one involving unlikely events or situations; called also a fairy story.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tale or story about fairies.
  • n. A story as unreal and as incredible in its statements as fairies or tales about them.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a story about fairies; told to amuse children
  • n. an interesting but highly implausible story; often told as an excuse
  • n. an interesting but highly implausible story; often told as an excuse
  • n. a story about fairies; told to amuse children

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