fairy godmother

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Illustration to Cinderella by Gustave Doré: the fairy godmother preparing an enchantment for her goddaughter.


fairy godmother (plural fairy godmothers)

  1. In certain fairy tales, a fictional benevolent woman with magical powers who uses them to help the cause of the protagonist.
    I thought it was clever the director cast the same woman to play both the Wicked Witch and Prince Charming's fairy godmother.
  2. (by extension) Any generous benefactor.
    • 2007, Choderlos de Laclos, Dangerous Liaisons, tr. Helen Constantine, Penguin 2007, p. 195:
      How lucky you are to have me for a friend! I am a fairy godmother to you!

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