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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Getty Images April 2016 Karlie and Josh get a little fancier and enjoy the 2016 Time 100 Gala together. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "A Definitive Timeline of Karlie Kloss and Josh Kushner's Very Private Relationship," 24 July 2018 The once-modest Seaport neighborhood is getting fancier. Susan Chumsky, New York Times, "The Struggling Artist at 86," 5 Jan. 2018 Cell phone elbow Cell phone elbow (or, in fancier terms, cubital tunnel syndrome), is when the ulnar nerve running from your neck to your hand and along your elbow gets compressed. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "The Right Way to Use Your Phone So You Don’t Wreck Your Body," 27 Sep. 2018 Their matte-finish Dinera line is a replica of a much fancier brand, and looks great in the off-white color or even mixed-and-matched. Stella Bugbee, The Cut, "12 Chic, Basic Tools for the Beginner Cook," 10 Jan. 2018 The cotton pieces can be purchased like ready-to-wear and the fancier pieces are all custom. Kate Young, Vogue, "Shopping Like the Pope and More! Kate Young Lives La Dolce Vita in Italy," 20 Aug. 2018 After opening parties filled the place with fanciers of free food and drinks, there was nobody. Rick Kogan,, "Gibsons Confidential: Inside tales from the famous restaurant are in a book you can't yet read," 12 July 2018 Think old school Range Rover, or a fancier Jeep Grand Cherokee, which happened to be designed by Rivian VP of Vehicle Design Jeff Hammoud. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Rivian Automotive looking to battle electric cars with battery-powered trucks," 21 Sep. 2018 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

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First Known Use of fancier

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fancier was in 1751

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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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