fan·​tas·​tic | \fan-ˈta-stik, fən-\
variants: or less commonly fantastical \ fan-​ˈta-​sti-​kəl \

Definition of fantastic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : based on fantasy (see fantasy entry 1 sense 3) : not real

b : conceived or seemingly conceived by unrestrained fancy fantastic new space and nuclear weapons— Jack Raymond

c : so extreme as to challenge belief : unbelievable a fantastic industrial complex of steel, coal, machine tools, and other heavy industries— M. S. Handler broadly : exceedingly large or great spent fantastic sums on his library

2 : marked by extravagant fantasy or extreme individuality : eccentric fantastic works of art

3 fantastic : excellent, superlative a fantastic meal



Definition of fantastic (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from fantastic


fantasticality \ (ˌ)fan-​ˌta-​stə-​ˈka-​lə-​tē , fən-​ \ noun
fantasticalness \ fan-​ˈta-​stə-​kəl-​nəs \ noun

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fantastic, bizarre, grotesque mean conceived, made, or carried out without adherence to truth or reality. fantastic may connote extravagance in conception or ingenuity of decorative invention. dreamed up fantastic rumors bizarre applies to the sensationally strange and implies violence of contrast or incongruity of combination. a bizarre medieval castle in the heart of a modern city grotesque may apply to what is conventionally ugly but artistically effective or it may connote ludicrous awkwardness or incongruity often with sinister or tragic overtones. grotesque statues on the cathedral though grieving, she made a grotesque attempt at a smile

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Examples of fantastic in a Sentence


The train runs at fantastic speeds. a fantastic scheme for getting rich quick

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And Croatia looked fantastic during this World Cup’s group stage. Brian Straus,, "France vs. Croatia: A First Look at Their World Cup Final Matchup," 11 July 2018 Heat, humidity and storm chances continue into Friday night, but the weekend looks fantastic — a real treat for July. Matt Rogers, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Mid-90s with higher humidity today, but nicer weekend ahead," 3 July 2018 Prince Harry was also in uniform, as seen in a carriage with Meghan, who also looked fantastic. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "5 of the Very Best Royal Moments from Trooping the Color 2018," 9 June 2018 At first, the outfit may not seem all that noteworthy — after all, that Markle looking fantastic at a public event is not exactly news., "Meghan Markle Is A Royal On Her Own Terms — & Her Latest Look Is Proof," 9 June 2018 If the opportunity comes on Saturday, then fantastic. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "New Orlando City centerback Shane O’Neill eager to earn his place on the pitch," 10 July 2018 The acting is fantastic, especially the character of Queen Elizabeth II, who is portrayed by Claire Foy. The Christian Science Monitor, "What are you watching? Readers recommend 'Big Little Lies,' 'The Americans'," 1 June 2018 Not so fantastic as a pedestrian saute of fried shrimp with vegetables. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: At Ilsong Garden in Castle Hills, it’s best days are over," 3 May 2018 Everything was fantastic, especially the chicken dobladitas – crispy and crunchy on the outside with tender chicken in the pocket., "Fantastic El Rinconcito Chapin brings Guatemalan flavor to Old Brooklyn (review)," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of fantastic


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fantastic


Middle English fantastic, fantastical, from Middle French & Late Latin; Middle French fantastique, from Late Latin phantasticus, from Greek phantastikos producing mental images, from phantazein to present to the mind — more at fancy


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English Language Learners Definition of fantastic

: extremely good

: extremely high or great

: very strange, unusual, or unlikely


fan·​tas·​tic | \fan-ˈta-stik \

Kids Definition of fantastic

1 : produced by or like something produced by the imagination a fantastic scheme

2 : extremely good That was a fantastic meal.

3 : barely believable We moved at a fantastic speed.

Other Words from fantastic

fantastically \ -​sti-​kə-​lē \ adverb

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