noun (1)
dream·​er | \ ˈdrē-mər How to pronounce dreamer (audio) \

Definition of dreamer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one that dreams
2a : one who lives in a world of fancy and imagination
b : one who has ideas or conceives projects regarded as impractical : visionary


noun (2)
Dream·​er | \ ˈdrē-mər How to pronounce Dreamer (audio) \
variants: or less commonly dreamer or DREAMer
plural Dreamers also dreamers or DREAMers

Definition of Dreamer (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person living in the United States without legal status who arrived as the child of someone who did not have the documentation required for legal entry or residence In U.S. medical schools, there are currently 99 Dreamers enrolled, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.— Todd Ackerman The program—Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals—protects about 700,000 people, known as dreamers, who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children or came with families that overstayed visas.— Mark Sherman Bipartisan support exists for some form of legal protection for DREAMers, but fights over who should be protected, to what level and what should be included in the overall deal has forced Congress to a standstill.— Eliza Collins

Synonyms & Antonyms for dreamer

Synonyms: Noun (1)

Antonyms: Noun (1)

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Examples of dreamer in a Sentence

Noun (1) I am a realist, but my sister is a dreamer. Some dreamers talk in their sleep to the people in their dreams.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Their relationship is filtered only through racial insecurity, with Michelle as the real-talk bully to Barack’s dreamer. The New Yorker, 2 May 2022 The first ever College Football Playoff game made a dreamer out of Thomas Odukoya. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 11 Apr. 2022 Calvino’s particular skill is his dreamer’s eye, his ability to make stories of incredible lightness out of a too-complicated world. Adrienne Lafrance, The Atlantic, 29 Mar. 2022 The lyrics, all penned by the artist alongside his producer and Andrés Castro, reflect a personal side of Boza: the romantic, the dreamer, the trend-setter. Jessica Roiz, Billboard, 11 Mar. 2022 This awards season, the Power of the Dog actor has been a standout on red carpets, wearing whimsical suits and subtly surprising accents, which wink at the philosophical dreamer that exists within the equally complex actor seen onscreen. Evan Nicole Brown, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Mar. 2022 Ballet San Antonio wraps up its 2021-22 season with this adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes’ classic story, which follows the title dreamer’s romantic, if misguided, adventure. Austin Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, 3 Mar. 2022 The mystical tale of F, a unique dreamer living amongst the worlds certain collapse while negotiating a relationship with his father and homeland, the remote Páramo de Sumapaz, Colombia, an ominous backdrop for this otherworldly narrative. John Hopewell, Variety, 21 Mar. 2022 But Stickgold’s experiments represent cunning ways to smuggle something every dreamer knows into the objective world of science. Michael W. Clune, Harper’s Magazine , 16 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of dreamer

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

2004, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dreamer

Noun (2)

DREAM Act (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, introduced in the U.S. Senate as S.1291 in 2001 but not passed) + -er entry 2, with play on dreamer

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5 May 2022

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“Dreamer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dreamer. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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