Cinderella - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] [usually singular] 

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  1. 1
    someone or something that has good qualities but is treated badly or ignored

    Primary education has long been the Cinderella of the education service.

  2. 2
    [only before noun] relating to someone who suddenly becomes rich, famous, or successful
Word story
Cinderella is the main character in a famous children’s story. She is a poor girl, badly treated by her stepsisters but, in the end, thanks to the power of magic, she is able to marry the rich attractive Prince Charming.