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

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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 As played by the skillful Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, Widows), the student leader-turned-fire-breathing revolutionary is a selfless dreamer with the charisma of a tent revivalist. Graham Hillard, Washington Examiner, "Black Jesus," 1 Apr. 2021 Boyce plays Simon, a dreamer whose father (Ryan Hurst) is a famous record producer he's never met. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, "Booboo Stewart says Paradise City shows a side of Cameron Boyce 'not a lot of people got to see'," 25 Mar. 2021 Dreaming is a universal human experience; although there are some themes that run through them, dreams are also unique to the dreamer and can provoke calm, wonderment and fear. Daniel J. Levitin, WSJ, "‘When Brains Dream’ Review: Night Shift," 5 Mar. 2021 Darian Benitez, a 17-year-old undocumented dreamer from Mexico, also was crushed by the Trump administration's decision to no longer allow first time applicants to apply for DACA. Daniel Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, "About 500,000 eligible 'dreamers' frozen out of DACA by Trump administration," 1 Aug. 2020 In becoming president an old dream was realized, but the dreamer has changed. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Presidential inaugurations are theater. What a difference this new cast makes," 20 Jan. 2021 The first two episodes establish that Selena’s musician dad, Abraham Quintanilla (Ricardo Chavira), is an ambitious, principled, demanding dreamer. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Selena isn’t here to tell her story. And Netflix’s new series fails to give her a voice," 2 Dec. 2020 Perfect for the poet, the dreamer, the one whose soul needs rest. Star Tribune, "The cabin on Bad Medicine Lake was a blessing through and through," 19 Nov. 2020 The basic plot is that of a foreboding dream—walls closing in, beast poised to pounce—from which the dreamer awakes just before catastrophe strikes. Andrew Delbanco, The New York Review of Books, "Night Terrors," 3 Nov. 2020

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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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11 Apr 2021

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“Dreamer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dreamer. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dreamer

disapproving : a person whose ideas and plans are not practical or based in reality
: a person who dreams while sleeping

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