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 Tilda Swinton is a lonely scholar traveling to Istanbul, and Idris Elba is the intriguingly coiffed genie who promises to grant her three wishes in a fantasia written and directed by Mr. Mad Max himself, George Miller. Leah Greenblatt,, 17 May 2022 The façade is made of silky black granite trimmed with gold leaf; the entry is a gorgeous Art Deco fantasia, with enormous framed mirrors and elaborately detailed elevator doors. Travel + Leisure, 12 Apr. 2022 Milwaukee Opera Theatre opened its production of Dave Malloy's fantasia (pun intended) Friday evening at the Woman's Club of Wisconsin. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 Apr. 2022 Further aggression toward the Baltics, in particular, but also in other parts of Europe and Central Asia remain the concerns of those not lost to far-right fantasia. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 24 Feb. 2022 One top of being one of the all-time great 1970s New York movies, Bob Fosse’s semi-autobiographical musical fantasia is a rare film that’s about New York filmmaking in the ’70s. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 6 Dec. 2021 With the fifth entry in the franchise, however, the series went Bond — becoming an international fantasia of increasingly fantastical set pieces, each one more ludicrous than the last. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 2 July 2021 Or write your own story in a fringy fantasia from Christopher Kane? Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, 16 Dec. 2021 With Harrow, a screwball fantasia of environmental collapse and other forms of self-harm, Williams and the ecological crisis join in ferocious embrace. Nathaniel Rich, The New York Review of Books, 7 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of fantasia

1724, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fantasia

probably borrowed from Italian, "imagination as a faculty, rare phenomenon, exotic object, refined ornament, improvised musical variation," borrowed from Late Latin phantasia "imagination as a faculty, mental image of something perceived physically" — more at fantasy entry 1

Note: The musical term is conventionally attributed to Italian, though the linguistic context in which it is first used is uncertain.

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“Fantasia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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