dreamer

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

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

Keep scrolling for more

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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Pop-music history is filled with dreamers who came and went, leaving behind just enough to scramble a latter-day listener’s sense of what was once possible. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "Stephen Cheng Released One Single That Sounded Like Nothing Else. But Who Was He?," 24 Aug. 2019 Rooftop at Pier 17, South Street Seaport Janelle Monáe Pop’s major avatar of digital-age experimentalism and sci-fi fantasy, Monáe has gone from Afrofuturist dreamer to Hollywood star, while holding onto her visionary streak. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "Afropunk and 8 Other Outdoor Concerts to Put on the Calendar," 22 Aug. 2019 Shia LaBeouf also finds a solid outlet for his idiosyncratic tastes and intensity, playing a troubled laborer-on-the-run befriended by this steadfast dreamer. Tom Russo, BostonGlobe.com, "In ‘Peanut Butter Falcon,’ it’s the WWE or bust," 21 Aug. 2019 Entering the theater, the dark stage suggests a cloaked impressionist painting — an illusion that will spring to surreal life through music and light as a shy young dreamer searches for happiness outside her own imagination. Patti Restivo, baltimoresun.com, "‘Amélie: A New Musical’ shines at Bowie Playhouse," 16 Aug. 2019 Having gained some 40 pounds for the role, Stallone indeed looks chunky and plays the sleepy, docile Sheriff Freddy Heflin with sluggishness to spare in a largely commendable performance as a half-deaf small-town dreamer. David Hunter, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Cop Land': THR's 1997 Review," 15 Aug. 2019 Founded by Derek Barbolla, Cercle now employs a core team of seven, and somehow, these big dreamers pull off stunning streams every Monday night. Kat Bein, Billboard, "How Party Streaming Platform Cercle Hosts Shows at the Eiffel Tower, a Remote Bolivian Salt Flat & More," 15 July 2019 On the campaign trail, nearly all of the two dozen Democratic presidential candidates have pledged to work with Congress to provide a pathway to citizenship for millions of people in the country illegally — beginning with the dreamers. Mark Sherman, chicagotribune.com, "Supreme Court to decide on Trump’s effort to end protections for ‘Dreamers’," 28 June 2019 Renewable energy was not just for dreamers who wore sandals. Russell Gold, WSJ, "Building the Wind Turbines Was Easy. The Hard Part Was Plugging Them In," 22 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'dreamer.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of dreamer

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about dreamer

Statistics for dreamer

Last Updated

2 Sep 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for dreamer

The first known use of dreamer was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for dreamer

dreamer

noun

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on dreamer

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with dreamer

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for dreamer

Spanish Central: Translation of dreamer

Nglish: Translation of dreamer for Spanish Speakers

Comments on dreamer

What made you want to look up dreamer? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

self-evident

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!