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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Should the units be distributed equally throughout the city, even in the fancier districts, or clustered in lower-income neighborhoods where land costs are lower? Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "$700K for an apartment? The cost to solve the homeless crisis is soaring in Los Angeles," 20 Aug. 2019 Similarly, Pidgin restaurant marries Asian and French traditions with local ingredients, but in a fancier space and trendier neighborhood. Fortune, "Vancouver Is a Haven for Cheap but Delicious Tasting Menus," 18 Aug. 2019 So summer camps — from no-frills YMCA and Scout camps to fancier sleepaway varieties — are answering the call. Globe Staff,, "What’s cooking at summer camp? A new generation of foodies," 13 Aug. 2019 Facebook even allowed WhatsApp employees to have nicer desks and fancier bathrooms. Fred Vogelstein, WIRED, "Facebook Puts Its Stamp—and Name—on Instagram and WhatsApp," 2 Aug. 2019 The show looked like traditional TV, even more so than its fancier recent contemporaries in cable. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "‘Orange Is the New Black’ Taught Us What Netflix Was For," 17 July 2019 Newer, fancier, and thus more expensive hotels are more likely to be accessible and have elevators, for example. Wendy Lu, Quartz, "Traveling while disabled is four times more expensive," 8 Aug. 2019 In Santiago, Chile, feline fanciers can visit El Mundo De Dali Cat Cafe. Mary Colurso |, al, "Alabama’s first cat cafe, Gatos and Beans, aims to make animal lovers purr," 2 Aug. 2019 In lieu of fancier designer bags, Kavanaugh says the capacious $25 rubber chicken purse has proven to be the perfect accessory for almost any occasion. Anne Quito, Quartz at Work, "Carry a distinctive purse and other networking gems from design legend Gere Kavanaugh," 2 Aug. 2019

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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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