AskDefine | Define faerie

Dictionary Definition



1 small, human in form, playful, having magical powers [syn: fairy, faery, sprite]
2 the enchanted realm of fairies [syn: fairyland, faery]

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From Old French, fae; introduced into English in 1590 by Edmund Spenser in authoring the Faerie Queene.


  1. alternative spelling of fairy A mythical being with magical powers.


  • Faerie, in Compact Oxford English Dictionary.

Extensive Definition

The word fairy (faery, faerie, Faërie) may mean:
  • Fairy, a spirit or supernatural being in late Medieval folklore and romance. Also known as 'elves with wings'.
  • the "land of Faerie", see Alfheim.
  • Fantasy fiction as a literary genre.
  • The Faerie faith, a Neopagan tradition emphasizing the ancient meaning of fae, rather than the modern diminutive fairy
    • Feri Tradition, a neopagan tradition with similar but distinct tenets
  • Radical Faeries, an organization mostly of gay men.
  • Flower fairies, tiny creatures that live in the bottom of gardens, the middle of grassy meadows, and on the edge of distant marshes.

Plants and animals

Popular culture

  • Fairy chess piece, any unorthodox piece used in a chess variant
  • Fairy (detergent), a brand name for several detergent products made by Procter & Gamble
  • Fairy Margarine, an Australian brand of margarine, marketed in some countries as "Krona" to avoid conflict with the detergents
  • Fairy (gay slang), a slang term, often used disparaging referring to gay or effeminate men and LGBT people. The term has also been re-appropriated by LGBT communities; for example, Radical faeries.



See also

faerie in German: Fay
faerie in French: Fay
faerie in Italian: FAY
faerie in Japanese: フェアリー (曖昧さ回避)
faerie in Dutch: Fay
faerie in Polish: Fay

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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