• WordNet 3.6
    • n fairytale an interesting but highly implausible story; often told as an excuse
    • n fairytale a story about fairies; told to amuse children
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In literature:

What one can see through the wide-open veranda is very pretty; I will admit that it resembles the landscape of a fairytale.
"Madame Chrysantheme Complete" by Pierre Loti
We always consider life as a fairytale, in which every good action must be rewarded by a visible wonder.
"An "Attic" Philosopher, Complete" by Emile Souvestre
In Grimm too, don't you know, the fairytales.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
Here was material for a fairytale!
"Discoveries in Australia, Volume 2" by John Lort Stokes
It was like a fairytale.
"Elsie Inglis" by Eva Shaw McLaren
You don't suppose I'm going to cave in, accept this fairytale?
"The Woman's Way" by Charles Garvice
It seems like a fairytale.
"Grace Harlowe's Third Year at Overton College" by Jessie Graham Flower
A Fairytale in three pictures by ADELHEID WETTE.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
I was talking of the princess in a fairytale.
"The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol" by William J. Locke
Rather a fairytale sort of country where mistletoe can be got so easily!
"Round the Wonderful World" by G. E. Mitton

In poetry:

And suddenly, as in a fairytale sequence,
The family, neighbours and friends will appear,
And-memories crowding-I'll drown in my weeping
Before I have time to have shed all my tears.
"Sometime at a concert hall, in recollection..." by Boris Pasternak
Sometimes she rests long minutes in the grass forest
Like a fairytale hero, only a marvel can help her.
She cannot fathom the mystery of this forest
In which, for instance, this giant watches -
The giant who knows she cannot be helped in any way.
"A Cranefly In September" by Ted Hughes

In news:

These shows feature a story loosely based on some old fairytale or legend.
Except these weren't your run-of-the-mill fairytale nuptials.
Its debut into society was hardly that of fairytales.
Zombies, explosions, fractured fairytales and pirates.
The prayer that opens this raucous, fairytale musical offers a decidedly modern twist to praising God.
Despite the lurid animation from the California teachers union and skillful narration by one of Hollywood's liberal lions, those associations remain an irresponsible example of fairytale logic.
F1 fairytale put to the test in Paris hearing, CAR.
With Chuck Pagano's inspiration and Andrew Luck leading the way, Colts embarking on fairytale season.
It can keep its fairytale season going by more mundane means.
Geri Halliwell hopes her love life will have a "fairytale ending".
Sacramento's Fairytale Town goes Grimm.
Musical fairytale encourages young audiences to go after their dreams.
Bend firm's 'Grimm' boost no fairytale.
Do you believe in fairytales.