fan·ci·er | \ˈfan(t)-sē-ər \

Definition of fancier 

1 : one that has a special liking or interest

2 : a person who breeds or grows a particular animal or plant for points of excellence a pigeon fancier

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Synonyms & Antonyms for fancier


addict, aficionado (also afficionado), buff, bug, devotee, enthusiast, fan, fanatic, fiend, fool, freak, habitué (also habitue), head, hound, junkie (also junky), lover, maniac, maven (also mavin), nut, sucker



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Examples of fancier in a Sentence

chocolate fanciers generally like their favorite confection without the addition of milk or a lot of sugar

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On the right side, there was another room with fancier black leather booths and a full bar. Christopher Borrelli,, "Author of 'Pizzapedia,' a book about pizza history, shares his memories," 18 Apr. 2018 Cut it in half and scoop the flesh out of the skin with a spoon, or make these Toasted Coconut Kiwi Cups for a fancier snack. NBC News, "8 summer superfoods to eat after a tough workout," 11 July 2018 Their methodology: Try a basic cheeseburger plus one fancier wild-card burger at each place, along with French fries, onion rings (if available) and a chocolate shake. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s top 4 burger spots — ranked by Seattle Times critics," 10 July 2018 Volunteers that had taken the testosterone gel were more likely to prefer the fancier brands. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Higher testosterone levels are apparently driving men to luxury goods," 4 July 2018 But that doesn't affect the chain's fancier beverages like Frappuccinos and lattes, Starbucks said, and has nothing to do with last week's company-wide racial bias training. USA TODAY, "Kaep wants Trump to testify," 7 June 2018 For a fancier ride that goes farther, Alamo Sightseeing Tours has a Grand Tour option that includes a River Walk boat ride and admission to Battle for Texas: The Experience, and a half-day Reflections Tour option minus the boat and museum. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, "Take a walk or other vehicular tour of San Antonio," 4 June 2018 Pet food companies, for example, could send their ads specifically to people who had indicated an interest in dogs, while excluding cat and bird fanciers. Charles V. Bagli,, "Facebook vowed to end discriminatory housing ads. Suit says it didn’t.," 27 Mar. 2018 The legs end with an attractive tulip cut that makes the Oiselles a little fancier for office wear. Emily Reed, Outside Online, "The Best Leggings of 2018," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of fancier

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of fancier

: a person who likes something or has an interest in something

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