A portrait of a fairy, by Sophie Gengembre Anderson (1869). The title of the painting is Take the Fair Face of Woman, and Gently Suspending, With Butterflies , ...
a mythical being of folklore and romance usually having diminutive human form
and magic powers. 2. usually disparaging : a male homosexual. —
An imaginary being in human form, depicted as clever, mischievous, and possessing magical powers. 2. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a gay ...
English from ca. 1300, first in the sense of "enchantment, illusion, dream" and
later "realm of the fays,
(in folklore) one of a class of supernatural beings, generally conceived as having a diminutive human form and possessing magical powers with which they ...