Associations to the word «Cinderella»


CINDERELLA, proper noun. A popular fairy tale embodying a classic folk tale myth-element of unjust oppression and triumphant reward.
CINDERELLA, 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.
CINDERELLA, proper noun. (rare) A female given name
CINDERELLA, noun. (by analogy) A mistreated and impoverished girl.
CINDERELLA, noun. (attributive) Rising unexpectedly from obscurity to success, as a Cinderella team.
CINDERELLA, noun. (attributive) Neglected and denied resources, as a Cinderella service.
CINDERELLA, 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.
CINDERELLA, noun. (rare) (disparaging) A woman employed to clean, especially to remove ash from stoves and fireplaces.
CINDERELLA, noun. Alternative form of Cinderella
CINDERELLA, noun. A small piece of printed paper resembling a postage stamp, but without any postal value.
CINDERELLA STAMP, noun. A label resembling a postage stamp, but not issued for postal purposes by a government postal administration.
CINDERELLA STATE, proper noun. (Australia) (politics) A state (of Australia) that is financially or politically disadvantaged or neglected.

Dictionary definition

CINDERELLA, noun. A woman whose merits were not been recognized but who then achieves sudden success and recognition.
CINDERELLA, noun. A fictional young girl who is saved from her stepmother and stepsisters by her fairy godmother and a handsome prince.

Wise words

Words are always getting conventionalized to some secondary meaning. It is one of the works of poetry to take the truants in custody and bring them back to their right senses.
William Butler Yeats