fa·er·ie also fa·er·y (fāə-rē, fârē)
n. pl. fa·er·ies
1. A tiny, mischievous, imaginary being; a fairy.
2. The land or realm of the fairies.
[Middle English faierie, fairie; see FAIRY.]
faer·ie, faer·y adj.
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