faerie

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English[edit]

The Faerie Queene, as depicted in 1788.

Alternative forms[edit]

  • færie (archaic, nonstandard)

Etymology[edit]

From Old French faerie; re-introduced into English in deliberately archaising spelling in 1590 by Edmund Spenser in authoring the Faerie Queene.

Noun[edit]

faerie (plural faeries)

  1. Archaic spelling of fairy.
  2. Realm of the fays, fairyland.

References[edit]

  • Faerie, in Compact Oxford English Dictionary.

Old French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • faierie

Etymology[edit]

From fae + -erie

Noun[edit]

faerie f

  1. the sphere or realm of enchantment, magic or dream associated with the fae (fays)

Derived terms[edit]