A fairy tale is a teep o short story that teepically featurs fowklairic fantasie chairacters, such as droichs, elfs, fairies, giants, etins, gnomes, goblins, marmaids, trowes, unicorns, or witches, an uisually magic or enchantments. Fairy tales mey be distinguished frae ither fowk narratives sic as leegends (that generally involve belief in the veracity o the events descrivit) an expleecitly moral tales, includin beast fables. The term is mainly uised for stories wi oreegins in European tradeetion an, at least in recent centuries, maistly relates tae bairns' leeteratur.
- Thompson, Stith. Funk & Wagnalls Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology & Legend, 1972 s.v. "Fairy Tale"