fantasy

noun
fan·​ta·​sy | \ ˈfan-tə-sē How to pronounce fantasy (audio) , -zē\
variants: or less commonly
plural fantasies

Definition of fantasy

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 obsolete : hallucination
2 : fancy especially : the free play of creative imagination
3 : a creation of the imaginative faculty whether expressed or merely conceived: such as
a : a fanciful design or invention a fantasy of delicate tracery
b : a chimerical or fantastic notion His plans are pure fantasy.
c : fantasia sense 1 the organ fantasy of Johannes Brahms
d : imaginative fiction featuring especially strange settings and grotesque characters spent the summer reading fantasy

called also fantasy fiction

4 : caprice served to fulfill the king's fantasies
5 : the power or process of creating especially unrealistic or improbable mental images in response to psychological need an object of fantasy also : a mental image or a series of mental images (such as a daydream) so created sexual fantasies
6 often attributive : a coin usually not intended for circulation as currency and often issued by a dubious authority (such as a government-in-exile)

fantasy

verb
fantasied; fantasying

Definition of fantasy (Entry 2 of 3)

fantasy

adjective

Definition of fantasy (Entry 3 of 3)

: of, relating to, or being a game in which participants create and manage imaginary teams consisting of players from a particular sport and scoring is based on the statistical performances of the actual players fantasy football

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Examples of fantasy in a Sentence

Noun

His plans are pure fantasy. He can hardly tell the difference between fantasy and reality. His plans are just fantasies. Her fantasy is to be a film star. His plans are the product of pure fantasy. I spent my summer reading fantasies.

Verb

she regularly fantasies sexual encounters that she knows will never happen
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Fast forward to today, when the proliferation of ringtones in public places makes the idea of a moment of telephonic silence seem like some sort of fantasy. CBS News, "Almanac: The day telephones fell silent across North America," 4 Aug. 2019 That novel was one of our favorites, set in a fantasy world with a conflict inspired by the second Sino-Japanese War. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "10 new science fiction and fantasy novels to check out this August," 1 Aug. 2019 The series is set in a Victorian fantasy world filled with mythological immigrant creatures whose exotic homelands were invaded by the empires of man. Will Thorne, chicagotribune.com, "Cara Delevingne, Orlando Bloom discuss immigrant themes in ‘Carnival Row’," 27 July 2019 The one-hour drama from Amazon Studios and Legendary Television stars Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne and is set in a Victorian fantasy world filled with mythological immigrant creatures whose exotic homelands were invaded by the empires of man. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Amazon renews Carnival Row ahead of its debut, The Expanse season 5 and more," 27 July 2019 His current favorite, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, centers on a mission to reconnect a family in a grim fantasy world. Katie Camero, Science | AAAS, "What big ideas will shape U.S. science over the next decade? Here are some contenders," 20 June 2019 The live show builds a comedic fantasy world in a narrative podcast style with improvisers that interview guest characters. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Hocus Pocus' Kathy Najimy and MasterChef Junior are on Butler Arts Center's new season," 19 June 2019 The departure of the HBO phenomenon has left a dragon-sized hole in fantasy TV fans' hearts and binge-watch planning, and a variety of shows were on hand at Comic-Con to showcase their wares. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Comic-Con: Our 5 biggest unanswered questions, from 'Top Gun: Maverick' to Marvel," 22 July 2019 Like the fantasies of Tolkien or Game of Thrones, Turanism can be fun. Jacob Mikanowski, Harper's magazine, "The Call of the Drums," 21 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

What should fantasy football owners think about Lamar Jackson? The Si Staff, SI.com, "Scout’s Take: Insider Fantasy Football Analysis for Every NFL Team," 4 July 2019 Who can fantasy owners find to take Hoskins' place? Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "Fantasy baseball chat with Brent Hershey: Thursday at noon ET," 30 May 2018 From fantasy hot commodity to fantasy goat in the span of a week, Henry did not see much time on the field, rushing just six times for 7 yards vs. the stout Texans defense. Tony Holm, USA TODAY, "Fantasy sizzlers and fizzlers: Deshaun Watson does it all," 2 Oct. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Of the group, Verdugo and Pederson probably offer the most fantasy appeal, since Hernandez is a .207/.264/.333 career hitter against right-handed pitching. Brian Rudd, USA TODAY, "Injuries give young players opportunity," 9 May 2018 And if there’s anything fantasy baseball owners don’t like, it’s uncertainty. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Fantasy baseball: Spring training brings uncertainty for owners," 6 Mar. 2018 And that brings us to Kelce’s biggest fantasy nemesis: Alex Smith. John Paulsen, SI.com, "After Rob Gronkowski, Should I Draft Travis Kelce or Jordan Reed in Fantasy Football?," 19 Aug. 2017 The rankings reflect overall fantasy value in a standard 12-team, point-per-reception (PPR) league. Usa Today Sports, The Courier-Journal, "Fantasy football rankings: Top 200 for 2017," 31 July 2017 According to Mr. Adams, the agents questioned him about the nature of his addiction and how fantasy sports ads had affected him. Walt Bogdanich, James Glanz And Jacqueline Williams, New York Times, "Fantasy Sites Are Dealt New Rebuff by Citigroup," 5 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of fantasy

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1984, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fantasy

Noun and Verb

Middle English fantasie — more at fancy

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fantasy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fantasy

: something that is produced by the imagination : an idea about doing something that is far removed from normal reality
: the act of imagining something
: a book, movie, etc., that tells a story about things that happen in an imaginary world

fantasy

noun
fan·​ta·​sy | \ ˈfan-tə-sē, -zē\
plural fantasies

Kids Definition of fantasy

1 : imagination sense 1 The plan was a product of pure fantasy.
2 : something produced by the imagination His fantasy is to win a million dollars.

fantasy

noun
fan·​ta·​sy
variants: also phantasy \ ˈfant-​ə-​sē How to pronounce phantasy (audio) , -​zē How to pronounce phantasy (audio) \
plural fantasies

Medical Definition of fantasy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the power or process of creating especially unrealistic or improbable mental images in response to psychological need an object of fantasy also : a mental image or a series of mental images (as a daydream) so created sexual fantasies of adolescence

fantasy

verb
variants: also phantasy
fantasied; fantasying

Medical Definition of fantasy (Entry 2 of 2)

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