Definition of Cinderella

1. Noun. A woman whose merits were not been recognized but who then achieves sudden success and recognition.

Generic synonyms: Adult Female, Woman

2. Noun. A fictional young girl who is saved from her stepmother and stepsisters by her fairy godmother and a handsome prince.

Definition of Cinderella

1. Proper noun. A popular fairy tale embodying a classic folk tale myth-element of unjust oppression and triumphant reward, of which there were hundreds of versions before modern times. ¹

2. Proper noun. 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. ¹

3. Proper noun. (rare) (coinages female given name) ¹

4. Noun. (context: by analogy) A mistreated and impoverished girl. ¹

5. Noun. (attributive) Rising unexpectedly from obscurity to success, as a Cinderella team. ¹

6. Noun. (attributive) neglected Neglected and denied resources, as a Cinderella service. ¹

7. Noun. (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. ¹

8. Noun. (rare disparaging) A woman employed to clean, especially to remove ash from stoves and fireplaces. ¹

9. Noun. (alternative form of Cinderella) ¹

10. Noun. A small piece of printed paper resembling a postage stamp, but without any postal value. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cinderella

Cinchona cordifolia
Cinchona lancifolia
Cinchona ledgeriana
Cinchona officinalis
Cinchona pubescens
Cinclus aquaticus
Cinclus mexicanus
Cinco de Mayo
Cineraria maritima
Cinnamomum camphora
Cinnamomum loureirii
Cinnamomum zeylanicum
Circaea alpina

Literary usage of Cinderella

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Publications by Folklore Society (Great Britain) (1908)
"A MACASSAR VERSION OF cinderella. (VoL xviii. J). 191.) In connection with Miss Cox's article on additional variants of cinderella, it may be well to call ..."

2. Children's Literature: A Textbook of Sources for Teachers and Teacher by Charles Madison Curry (1921)
"165 "cinderella" is one of the world's greatest romantic stories. Its theme is a favorite in all folk literature. Young and old alike have never tired of ..."

3. Folklore by Folklore Society (Great Britain) (1893)
"cinderella AND BRITAIN. The following paper is the first of a series in -which, it is hoped, students of folk-tales will discuss and criticise the immense ..."

4. Public School Methods (1921)
"Type Study on cinderella THE STORY OF cinderella Adapted from Charles Perrault There was once a worthy gentleman who took for his second wife the proudest ..."

5. Public and Parlor Readings: Prose and Poetry for the Use of Reading Clubs by Lewis Baxter Monroe (1875)
"Enter cinderella with dresses on her arm. GIN. O, I am so sorry, sisters, I 've been so long! ... (LUCRETIA pushes cinderella down. She begins to cry. ..."

6. Literary News by L. Pylodet, Augusta Harriet (Garrigue) Leypoldt (1901)
"cinderella. THE curse of overproduction has cast its blight upon SR Crockett. ... We have before us "cinderella," and >t is one of the best—if not the ..."

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