fan·​ci·​er ˈfan(t)-sē-ər How to pronounce fancier (audio)
: one that has a special liking or interest
: a person who breeds or grows a particular animal or plant for points of excellence
a pigeon fancier

Examples of fancier in a Sentence

many chocolate fanciers like their favorite confection without the addition of milk or a lot of sugar
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Word History

First Known Use

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fancier was in 1751

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“Fancier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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fan·​ci·​er ˈfan(t)-sē-ər How to pronounce fancier (audio)
: a person with a special liking or interest
a cat fancier

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