dream·​er | \ ˈdrē-mər \

Definition of dreamer 

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

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Examples of dreamer in a Sentence

I am a realist, but my sister is a dreamer. Some dreamers talk in their sleep to the people in their dreams.

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The vivid dreamer, the hopeless romantic, the crazy over reactor blowing up your boyfriend’s phone. Dan Deluca, Philly.com, "Lorde covers Bruce Springsteen, worries about catching athlete's foot at the Wells Fargo Center," 3 Apr. 2018 After a chance encounter abroad, romantic dreamer Rosso follows lawyer Chloe to the United States. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "The Five Books Everyone Will Be Talking About in September," 5 Sep. 2018 My lovers, my dreamers, my friends, my family, who helped me to never lose focus. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Read Jennifer Lopez's Full Video Vanguard Acceptance Speech at the VMAs," 21 Aug. 2018 If Curry comes back strong, joining an already-devastating attack, the other playoff dreamers might be in for another long summer. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Steph Curry’s return: It’s like Christmas morning for the Warriors," 30 Apr. 2018 That effort had been combined with provisions to provide a pathway to citizenship for dreamers and ramp up resources for border security. chicagotribune.com, "U.S. embassy cables warned against expelling 300,000 immigrants. Trump officials did it anyway.," 8 May 2018 The two bills set for a House vote this week would both address the status of dreamers, as well as provide funding for the border wall that Trump has long demanded. Mike Debonis, Washington Post, "Trump is defiant as border crisis escalates, prepares to lobby House GOP on immigration bills," 19 June 2018 Al Dornan, 78, began walking through his Wethersfield neighborhood carrying a homemade sign to show support for dreamers and immigrants on January 25. Dave Altimari, courant.com, "In The Rain, In Pain, Wethersfield Man Walks For Dreamers," 7 June 2018 The cynic in me found the vision hokey; the dreamer in me would have liked to disappear with them. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The Sonic Fury of the Ojai Music Festival," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of dreamer

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of dreamer

: a person whose ideas and plans are not practical or based in reality

: a person who dreams while sleeping

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