fan·​ci·​er | \ ˈfan(t)-sē-ər How to pronounce fancier (audio) \

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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The guests dined on one of the president's favorite meals: Steak and potatoes, only fancier. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Melania Trump wears red cape gown (by Meghan's wedding dress designer); Trumps host royals," 4 June 2019 Though the two got officially hitched in Las Vegas after the Billboard Music Awards, their bigger, fancier wedding is reportedly set to take place in France, with a slew of celebrity guests in attendance. Kaitlin Reilly,, "Sophie Turner's GOT Stunt Double Looked So Much Like Her, Joe Jonas Almost Kissed Her," 7 June 2019 The certificate also confirms that the child's full, legal name is Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor; so no, Archie isn't a nickname for a longer, fancier moniker. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Royal Baby Archie's Birth Certificate Was Just Released," 17 May 2019 The interior, particularly in the fancier trims, can take the measure of European luxury cars, with its Tesla-size touch screen and matte wood. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The 2019 Popular Mechanics Automotive Excellence Awards," 16 Apr. 2019 There, the 29-year-old software engineer collected her mail in the fancier of the building’s two mailrooms: a space with 20-foot-high ceilings, a polished concrete floor and walls decorated with wooden panels painted a vibrant indigo. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "Inside the High-End Mailrooms Wealthy Residents Visit When They’ve Got Mail," 7 June 2018 Yet, without fail, a dinner party or a cocktail gathering will manage to work its way into our downtime, far more frequently than our friends with bigger, fancier digs. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "How the Salonnière List of the Best Party Hosts in America Is Put Together," 21 Mar. 2019 Some fancier models also feature engines with electronic fuel injection. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Lawn Mower Buyer's Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Buy the Right Mower," 22 Feb. 2019 But for the impending nuptials of actor Priyanka Chopra and singer Nick Jonas, let’s just say the welcome gifts were a little fancier than some water and chips. Kim Quindlen, Teen Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas's Wedding Weekend Welcomed Guests With an Elaborate Gift," 30 Nov. 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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