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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Fliers in the pointy end of the plane have something to smile about, too: the carrier has added wider, fancier sleeper seats and bespoke bedding from the White Company. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best International Airlines: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Not only was Clinique a lot of girls' introduction to fancier-than-drugstore makeup back then, but Black Honey was as ubiquitous as a lipstick shade could be. Marci Robin, Allure, "Kim Kardashian Posts Throwback Photo of Her Favorite 7th-Grade Lipstick," 21 Sep. 2018 Think of the whole thing as a better, fancier, more effective replacement for your hands. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Clarisonic Brushes Are On Sale at Ulta Right Now," 9 Aug. 2018 The night drew on, and the courses kept coming, each fancier than the next—red mullet with Provence artichokes and argan oil, veal fillet mignon with a thin tian tart. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "A Royal Night Out with Prince Albert, Princess Charlene, and Seal," 30 July 2018 What hadn’t shown up, however, was the idea that Vietnamese cuisine can be taken seriously, with complex techniques and in a fancier setting. New York Times, "Ambitious and Blissful Vietnamese Cuisine Arrives in Prague," 2 June 2018 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

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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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