n. pl. fair·ies
1. 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 man.
[Middle English fairie, fairyland, enchanted being, from Old French faerie, from fae, fairy, from Vulgar Latin *Fāta, goddess of fate, from Latin fāta, the Fates, pl. of fātum, fate; see FATE.]
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