Sidhe vs Fairy - What's the difference?

sidhe | fairy |

As nouns the difference between sidhe and fairy

is that sidhe is while fairy is (uncountable|obsolete) the realm of faerie; enchantment, illusion.



(wikipedia Sidhe)

Proper noun

  • Mythical hills of Irish and Scottish folklore, home of the sidhe race; fairyland, faerie.
  • * 1906 , , Columcille: The Friend of the Angels of God,
  • Even Nera from the Sidhe could not do it; he is not made much of now; our learned one is not the light of our life now he is hidden away from us.
  • Alternative capitalization of sidhe.
  • * 1914 , ,
  • Their reign has never ceased, but only waned in power a little, for the Sidhe still pass in every wind, and dance and play at hurley, and fight their sudden battles in every hollow and on every hill; but they cannot build their temples again till there have been martyrdoms and victories, and perhaps even that long-foretold battle in the Valley of the Black Pig.
  • * 2001 , , Spirits White as Lightning , page not numbered,
  • “‘Fun,’” Ria echoed. “You want to invite me to one of the Sidhe ’s High Holy Days—me —and you think it'll be 'fun'?”


    * * * English proper nouns



    (wikipedia fairy)

    Alternative forms

    * faery * faerie


  • (uncountable, obsolete) the realm of faerie; enchantment, illusion.
  • A mythical being who had magical powers, known in many sizes and descriptions, although often depicted in modern illustrations only as small and spritely with gauze-like wings; A sprite.
  • (Northern England, US, derogatory, colloquial) a male homosexual, especially one who is effeminate.
  • (paganism) A nature spirit revered in modern paganism.
  • Two species of hummingbird in the genus Heliothryx.
  • Synonyms

    * (mythical being) fay, fey, fae, sprite * (male homosexual) fag (US), faggot (US), poof (UK), queen (wikipedia fairy)

    Derived terms

    * airy-fairy * fairy bread * fairy chess * fairy circle * fairy cycle * fairy dust * fairy floss * fairy godmother * fairy lights * fairy lily * fairy primrose * fairy ring * fairy ring champignon * fairy shrimp * fairy story * fairy tale * fairy thorn * fairy wren * fairyfloss * fairyland * fairy-tale, fairytale * tooth fairy * water fairy