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fantasy

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

Full Definition of fantasy

plural fan·ta·sies

  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

  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 phan·ta·sy \ˈfan-tə-sē, -zē\

Origin of fantasy

Middle English fantasie — more at fancy


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with fantasy

abatis, ABC, ABD, abductee, absentee, acquiree, addressee, adoptee, advisee, alienee, allottee, amputee, apogee, appellee, appointee, appraisee, après-ski, arrestee, assignee, attendee, auditee, awardee, axletree, BVD, Baha'i, bain-marie, barley-bree, batterie, billi-bi, boiserie, bonhomie, booboisie, bourgeoisie, brasserie, brusquerie, bumblebee, camphor tree, camporee, cap-a-pie, causerie, Chamonix, Cherokee, chickadee, chickaree, chimpanzee, China Sea, Christmas tree, chroma-key, coati, Coligny, conferee, consignee, cop a plea, Coral Sea, counselee, context-free, counterplea, cruelty-free, Danaë, DDT, debauchee, Debussy, departee, deportee, dernier cri, designee, detainee, devisee, devotee, diploe, disagree, dischargee, divorcé, divorcée, DME, dungaree, duty-free, eau-de-vie, employee, endorsee, enlistee, enrollee, enshrinee, epopee, escadrille, escapee, ESP, evictee, expellee, family tree, fancy-free, fedayee, fever tree, filigree, fleur-de-lis, franchisee, fricassee, function key, galilee, Galilee, garnishee, gaucherie, Gemini, Greenland Sea, guarani, guarantee, Hawaii, HIV, Holy See, honeybee, honoree, housemaid's knee, humble-bee, inductee, Inland Sea, internee, invitee, Irish Sea, IUD, jacquerie, jamboree, Java Sea, Joshua tree, jubilee, Judas tree, jumper's knee, jus soli, Kayseri, kedgeree, kidnappee, killer bee, LCD, LED, legatee, libelee, licensee, LSD, maître d', Malay Sea, manatee, master key, Mormon tea, mortgagee, murderee, NBC, nominee, obligee, oversea, oversee, Park Chung Hee, parolee, parti pris, pass degree, patentee, pedigree, peppertree, perigee, permittee, pharisee, picotee, piroshki, point d'appui, potpourri, praecipe, presentee, promisee, public-key, rapparee, referee, refugee, rejectee, renminbi, repartee, retiree, returnee, RPV, rubber tree, saddletree, Sadducee, sangaree, Savaii, selectee, Semele, shivaree, slotting fee, snickersnee, spelling bee, spindle tree, SST, STD, Tappan Zee, Tenebrae, Tennessee, third degree, thirty-three, TNT, to a tee, toile de Jouy, torii, transferee, tulip tree, undersea, user fee, vaccinee, value-free, varnish tree, verdigris, VIP, vis-à-vis, wannabe, warrantee, Wounded Knee


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fantasy

verb fan·ta·sy

Definition of fantasy

fantasiedfantasy·ing



Examples of fantasy

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



15th Century

First Known Use of fantasy

15th century


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fantasy

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>



1984

First Known Use of fantasy

1984




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