Faeryland, or Elfland. The place where faeries live.
2. faery (fairy, fey, sidhe, seelie)
A faery is an etheric being and a nature spirit. Victorian faeries were flighty and kind, beautiful winged ladies who were kind to children and were slightly preachy. This idea is incorrect. Faeries come in all shapes and sizes, and can be beautiful and good (though still do harm) as well as malign, though are more often unusual (whether ugly or beautiful, not in a normal way) and unpredictable. Mortals must always be wary of the Good Neighbors (as they are called, for it is bad luck to use the name 'faery', which offends them).
To be able to see them is called the "Sight", and it is rare; however, all cats have it. It is said one can gain the sight by bathing one's eyes in a marigold ointment, while holding a four-leaf clover, or while looking through a stone with a natural hole in it.
Their magic is called "glamour", and it is something like the power of illusion for it enchants the mind, sometimes confuses it (such as causing one to lose one's way), and can make a thing look differently than it does. Glamour is often employed to make a faery look normal when it is among humans; however, they usually retain some odd characteristic, like a hollow back or goat's hooves, or something more subtle, like oddly coloured eyes.
Faeries sometimes steal human babies and leave behind wood glamoured to resemble them, or on rare occasions, a glamoured faery. These faeries are called changelings. Sometimes the Changeling pretends to grow ill and die, and returns to its faery family, or as it grows older it becomes mischeivous and plays pranks. They all eventually leave their human families to return home.
There are two kinds of faeries; solitary fey and the Gentry, or court fey. Of the latter there are two courts, Seelie and Unseelie (which simply mean 'blessed' and 'damned'). The former is the benign court (though it too can cause harm, for faeries can't be trusted), while the latter is, of course, purely malicious and should be avoided at all costs. These courts have been used in modern fantasy writing, most notably in Holly Black's "Tithe"; however, that book can be misleading for the Unseelie Court is portrayed inaccurately; it is far more deadly than the book made it appear.
1. "Did you hear about Thomas the Rhymer, the poet who the Queen of Faery took off to Elfland? Man, if she would just take me, I'd go off with her immediately--I'm in desperate need of inspiration."
2. "Anne Rice? Oh, please. Lestat's hot and all, but if he came face to face with a glaistig, he wouldn't know what hit him. She'd suck him dryer than Claudia ever did, and look a sight prettier while doing it, too, because as we all know she can glamour herself to look any age she wants!"
1. An alternative spelling of the word "fairy." A magic creature from the mythology of Arcadia, legedary for their mischief and prank-making. Most are fond of sweets, music, and play. Various common types of fae-folk include (but are not limited to) the sprite, the pixie, the dryad, the nymph, the satyr, the sylph, and the leprechaun.
2. A derogatory term used to insult a homosexual or to challenge a man's masculinity.
1. The faery and the Tehkella unicorn fell into a heated debate about the mating habits of dragons.
2. That dude just called my friend a faery, but I swear he's metrosexual, not gay.
A small, mythological creature, most often depicted as a tiny female human with insect wings. These creatures are said to frolick and live in forests, helping plant life grow and playing pranks on unsuspecting humans.
There are many types of faeries with different functions. To name a few: pixies, sprites, sylphs, nymphs, gnomes.
As the villager walked through the forest, he discovered a group of faeries dancing and weaving their magic.
1: see "fairy"
2: an insult
1: My cousin believes in faeries, but what the f*** does she know?
2: Move it you faery!