Cinderella

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From cinder, as if little cinder girl. Compare French Cendrillon.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌsindəˈrɛlə/

Proper noun[edit]

Cinderella

  1. A popular fairy tale embodying a classic folk tale myth-element of unjust oppression and triumphant reward.
  2. The main character in this story, a mistreated and impoverished girl. At a royal ball she meets a handsome prince who later identifies her with a dropped article, most commonly a slipper, and removes her from her poverty.
  3. (rare) A female given name

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Noun[edit]

Cinderella (plural Cinderellas)

  1. (by analogy) A mistreated and impoverished girl.
  2. (attributive) Rising unexpectedly from obscurity to success, as a Cinderella team.
  3. (attributive) Neglected and denied resources, as a Cinderella service.
  4. (philately) A stamp or stamp-like label issued for purposes other than postal administration, not issued by a central government, or not listed in most general catalogues.
  5. (rare, disparaging) A woman employed to clean, especially to remove ash from stoves and fireplaces.

References[edit]

  • L. N. and M. Williams, Cinderella Stamps, London, Heinemann, 1970

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