fan·​ta·​sia | \ fan-ˈtā-zhə How to pronounce fantasia (audio) , -zhē-ə, -zē-ə; ˌfan-tə-ˈzē-ə \

Definition of fantasia

1 : a free usually instrumental composition not in strict form
2a : a work (such as a poem or play) in which the author's fancy roves unrestricted
b : something possessing grotesque, bizarre, or unreal qualities

Examples of fantasia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The night before at Madison Square Garden, Ariana Grande delivered a fantasia, too. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Ariana Grande Was Updating Pop. Then Billie Eilish Came Along.," 21 June 2019 The coves and harbors are surrounded by improvisational urban fantasias — dream worlds that are gloomy yet enticing, sometimes festooned with ribbons of human intestinal tracts. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Lari Pittman’s extraordinary ‘Declaration of Independence’ at the Hammer Museum," 7 Oct. 2019 The fantasia, which benefits Channel 3′s Kids Camp, boasts more than 1 million lights., "Quick Dip: Shake, rattle and roll around town in November," 24 Oct. 2019 No one does pretty quite like Ashley Whittaker, who used a classic De Gournay wallcovering (India Tea Paper in Icefield, to be precise) to turn the living room of a Connecticut weekend home into a floral fantasia. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "These Wallpaper-Inspired Pumpkins Are Next-Level Chic," 21 Oct. 2019 This included several fantasias, wide-ranging in style, by Orlando Gibbons and the harmonically adventurous William Lawes. Washington Post, "Countertenor Iestyn Davies and Fretwork revive music old and new at Library of Congress," 17 Oct. 2019 The portraits in this quietly powerful exhibition show people who have risked everything for a shot at what the collage offers: a painstaking fantasia of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Christopher Knight,, "This artist’s portrait subjects: Fellow asylum seekers in the detention center," 22 June 2019 Shopping for a vacation is part anti-cubicle fantasia...and part personality disorder. Rebecca Malinsky, WSJ, "The Real Reason You Like Shopping for Vacation," 5 June 2019 Niantic hasn’t let Pokémon Go’s success pigeonhole its Potter fantasia. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Harry Potter: Wizards Unite," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of fantasia

1724, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fantasia

Italian, literally, fancy, from Latin phantasia — more at fancy

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The first known use of fantasia was in 1724

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14 Jan 2020

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“Fantasia.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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