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noun, fan·ta·sy \ˈfan-tə-sē, -zē\

Simple Definition of fantasy

  • : something that is produced by the imagination : an idea about doing something that is far removed from normal reality

  • : the act of imagining something

  • : a book, movie, etc., that tells a story about things that happen in an imaginary world

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fantasy

plural fantasies

  1. 1 obsolete :  hallucination

  2. 2 :  fancy; especially :  the free play of creative imagination

  3. 3 :  a creation of the imaginative faculty whether expressed or merely conceived: as a :  a fanciful design or invention b :  a chimerical or fantastic notion c :  fantasia 1 d :  imaginative fiction featuring especially strange settings and grotesque characters —called also fantasy fiction

  4. 4 :  caprice

  5. 5 :  the power or process of creating especially unrealistic or improbable mental images in response to psychological need <an object of fantasy>; also :  a mental image or a series of mental images (as a daydream) so created <sexual fantasies>

  6. 6 often attributive :  a coin usually not intended for circulation as currency and often issued by a dubious authority (as a government-in-exile)

Examples of fantasy in a sentence

  1. His plans are pure fantasy.

  2. He can hardly tell the difference between fantasy and reality.

  3. His plans are just fantasies.

  4. Her fantasy is to be a film star.

  5. His plans are the product of pure fantasy.

  6. I spent my summer reading fantasies.

Variants of fantasy

also phantasy \ˈfan-tə-sē, -zē\

Origin of fantasy

Middle English fantasie — more at fancy

First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with fantasy

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verb, fan·ta·sy

Definition of fantasy


Examples of fantasy in a sentence

  1. <she regularly fantasies sexual encounters that she knows will never happen>

15th Century

First Known Use of fantasy

15th century



adjective fan·ta·sy

Definition of fantasy

  1. :  of, relating to, or being a game in which participants create and manage imaginary teams consisting of players from a particular sport and scoring is based on the statistical performances of the actual players <fantasy football>


First Known Use of fantasy


FANTASY Defined for Kids


noun fan·ta·sy \ˈfan-tə-sē, -zē\

Definition of fantasy for Students

plural fantasies

  1. 1 :  imagination 1 <The plan was a product of pure fantasy.>

  2. 2 :  something produced by the imagination <His fantasy is to win a million dollars.>

Medical Dictionary



noun fan·ta·sy

Medical Definition of fantasy

plural fantasies

  1. :  the power or process of creating especially unrealistic or improbable mental images in response to psychological need <an object of fantasy>; also :  a mental image or a series of mental images (as a daydream) so created <sexual fantasies of adolescence>

Variants of fantasy

also phantasy \ˈfant-ə-sē, -zē\play play



verb fan·ta·sy

Medical Definition of fantasy

fantasied; fantasying

Variants of fantasy

also phantasy

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