Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Cinderel’la [little cinder girl].

 Cincinna’tus,Cinque Cento. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Cinderel’la [little cinder girl].
Heroine of a fairy tale. She is the drudge of the house, dirty with housework, while her elder sisters go to fine balls. At length a fairy enables her to go to the prince’s ball; the prince falls in love with her, and she is discovered by means of a glass slipper which she drops, and which will fit no foot but her own.   1
   The glass slipper is a mistranslation of pantoufle en vair (a fur slipper), not en verre. (R. C. Perrault: Contes de Fées.)   2

 Cincinna’tus,Cinque Cento. 


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