from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A generous benefactor.
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- n. In certain fairy tales, a fictional benevolent woman with magical powers who uses them to help the cause of the protagonist.
- n. Any generous benefactor.
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- n. a female character in some fairy stories who has magical powers and can bring unexpected good fortune to the hero or heroine
- n. a generous benefactor
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A fairy godmother to us children was she who led us to a wonderful country called "uptown," where, in a dazzlingly beautiful palace called a "department store," we exchanged our hateful homemade European costumes, which pointed us out as "greenhorns" to the children on the street, for real American machine-made garments, and issued forth glorified in each other's eyes.
With an hour and a half to spare before the intimidating prospect of my appointment with Mrs Margaret Morden, fairy godmother to near-bankrupt Cinderellas, I bought more throwaway razors, a small tube of shaving cream and another comb - the Euston collection being still in London - and in a pub tried to put a tidier face on things.