noun phan·tom \ˈfan-təm\

: the soul of a dead person thought of as living in an unseen world or as appearing to living people

: something that is not real and exists only in a person's mind

: something that is hard to see or achieve

Full Definition of PHANTOM

a :  something apparent to sense but with no substantial existence :  apparition
b :  something elusive or visionary
c :  an object of continual dread or abhorrence <the phantom of disease and want>
:  something existing in appearance only
:  a representation of something abstract, ideal, or incorporeal <she was a phantom of delight — William Wordsworth>
phan·tom·like \-ˌlīk\ adverb or adjective

Examples of PHANTOM

  1. The book is about the phantoms that are said to haunt the nation's cemeteries.
  2. The crisis is merely a phantom made up by the media.

Origin of PHANTOM

Middle English fantosme, fantome, from Anglo-French fantosme phantasm
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with PHANTOM



: coming from or associated with the world of ghosts

: not real or true or not based on something real or true

: not real but felt or experienced as something real

Full Definition of PHANTOM

:  of the nature of, suggesting, or being a phantom :  illusory
:  fictitious, dummy <phantom voters>

Examples of PHANTOM

  1. People claim to have seen a phantom ship floating on the lake.
  2. A number of ballots from phantom voters had to be thrown out.

First Known Use of PHANTOM

15th century

Rhymes with PHANTOM

PHANTOMLIKE Defined for Kids


noun phan·tom \ˈfan-təm\

Definition of PHANTOM for Kids

:  an image or figure that can be sensed (as with the eyes or ears) but that is not real


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