Definition of Sleeping beauty

1. Noun. Fairy story: princess under an evil spell who could be awakened only by a prince's kiss.

Generic synonyms: Princess

2. Noun. A person who is sleeping soundly.
Generic synonyms: Sleeper, Slumberer

3. Noun. A potential takeover target that has not yet been put in play.
Generic synonyms: Takeover Target, Target Company

Definition of Sleeping beauty

1. Proper noun. A fairy tale originally titled ''La Belle au bois dormant'' by Charles Perrault. ¹

2. Proper noun. The main character in this story, who is in unbroken slumber under a magical spell, awaiting the kiss of a prince. ¹

3. Proper noun. (genetics) A transposon used in genetic engineering ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sleeping Beauty

sleeping around
sleeping at the switch
sleeping bag
sleeping bags
sleeping beauty (current term)
sleeping capsule
sleeping car
sleeping cars
sleeping draught
sleeping giant
sleeping giants
sleeping hibiscus
sleeping lions
sleeping off
sleeping partner
sleeping pill
sleeping pills
sleeping policeman
sleeping policemen

Literary usage of Sleeping beauty

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

1. Index to Fairy Tales, Myths and Legends by Mary Huse Eastman (1915)
"sleeping beauty in the wood and other stories. Lansing. Fairy tales, v. 2. ... Briar Rose is a simpler version of the same sleeping beauty in the wood. ..."

2. All the Year Round: A Weekly Journal by Charles Dickens (1872)
"As for the sleeping beauty, she is known to everybody, figuring as she does in those ... You say that the story of the sleeping beauty, as told by Charles ..."

3. All the Year Round by Charles Dickens (1872)
"As for the sleeping beauty, she is known to everybody, figuring as she does in those tales of Mother Goose, which I, by no means a chicken, read when I was ..."

4. Grimm's Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm, Edna Henry Lee Turpin (1903)
"BRIAR ROSE, OR THE sleeping beauty Once upon a time there lived a king and a queen. Every day they said to each other, " Oh, would that we had a child! ..."

5. The Harvard Classics by Charles William Eliot (1910)
"550 THE sleeping beauty SLEEP on, and dream of Heaven awhile- Tho' shut so close thy laughing eyes, Thy rosy lips still wear a smile An<J move, ..."

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