fairy godmother


fairy godmother
   A kind fairy godmother is already a feature of the story of *Tom Thumb in 1621, but the later familiarity with such a figure depends on two fairytales, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, which reached England from France late in the 18th century. In Cinderella, the protective godmother replaced the magical animal which helped the heroine in older oral versions, commonly associated with her dead mother. She entered stage tradition, and was imitated in literary children's stories; she is now a stock figure in popular imagination.

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  • fairy godmother — n 1.) a woman with magic powers who saves someone from trouble, in a story 2.) someone who helps people when they are in trouble …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • fairy godmother — {n.} 1. A fairy believed to help and take care of a baby as it grows up. 2. A person who helps and does much for another. * /The rich man played fairy godmother to the boys and had a baseball field made for them./ * /Jane was a fairy godmother to …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fairy\ godmother — noun 1. A fairy believed to help and take care of a baby as it grows up. 2. A person who helps and does much for another. The rich man played fairy godmother to the boys and had a baseball field made for them. Jane was a fairy godmother to her… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • fairy godmother — someone who helps you solve your problems. These children, sent to school without lunch or lunch money and sometimes without shoes, were in need of a fairy godmother. If a fairy godmother offered most editors a single wish, it would probably be… …   New idioms dictionary

  • fairy godmother — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms fairy godmother : singular fairy godmother plural fairy godmothers a) a woman in traditional children s stories who has magic powers and helps people b) a woman who likes helping people …   English dictionary