English from ca. 1300, first in the sense of "enchantment, illusion, dream" and later "realm of the fays, fairy-land" or "the inhabitants of fairyland as a collective". The re-interpretation of the term as a countable noun denoting individual inhabitants of fairy-land can be traced to the 1390s, but becomes common only in the 16th century.
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: fâʹrĭ, IPA(key): /ˈfɛəɹi/, /ˈfɛəɹɪ/
- (US) enPR: fĕʹrē, IPA(key): /ˈfɛɹi/
- (Northern England) IPA(key): /ˈfɛːɹɪ/
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- (uncountable, obsolete) The realm of faerie; enchantment, illusion.
- A mythical being with magical powers, known in many sizes and descriptions, although often depicted in modern illustrations only as a small sprite with gauze-like wings, and revered in some modern forms of paganism.
- An enchantress, or creature of overpowering charm.
- (Northern England, US, derogatory, colloquial) A male homosexual, especially one who is effeminate.
- A member of two species of hummingbird in the genus Heliothryx.
- (supernatural creature): fay, fey, fae, sprite; see also goblin (hostile)
- (male homosexual): fag (US), faggot (US), poof (UK), queen
- fairy bread
- fairy chess
- fairy circle
- fairy cycle
- fairy dust
- fairy floss
- fairy godmother
- fairy lights
- fairy lily
- fairy liquid
- fairy primrose
- fairy ring
- fairy ring champignon
- fairy shrimp
- fairy story
- fairy tale
- fairy-tale, fairytale
- fairy thorn
- fairy wren
- tooth fairy
- water fairy