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

The room is a complete fantasy entirely mirrored with gilded boiserie. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "Behold the Campiest Rooms of All Time," 7 May 2019 The space is a fantasy of paper flowers, flowy dresses and pastel opal earrings. Will Kahn, Town & Country, "Irene Neuwirth Partners With Capitol for New Boutique in Brentwood," 2 Apr. 2019 Where better, then, to find fantasy-fueled inspiration than the pages of Vogue? Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "5 Halloween Costume Ideas for the Beauty Obsessed," 11 Oct. 2018 First published in 1962, The Letter for the King is a medieval adventure novel set in a fantasy feudal world of three kingdoms, two of which are threatened by the third. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "Netflix to Adapt Dutch Kids Book 'The Letter for the King' as Original Series," 12 July 2018 Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn—a fantasy recast cannot be taken lightly. Danny Murphy, Marie Claire, "Recasted: Who Would Star in a Charade Reboot?," 11 Feb. 2019 Lots of people are choosing to watch different ways, consuming sports in different ways, betting, playing fantasy football. Eric Johnson, Recode, "John Skipper, ESPN’s former president, is back ... at a rival sports media company.," 8 Nov. 2018 Lum, who now lives in Brooklyn, just wrapped shooting fantasy/sci-fi film Paradise Hills with Emma Roberts and is developing a series for Comedy Central inspired by her life. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Who is Awkwafina? Meet the breakout star of 'Ocean's 8' and 'Crazy Rich Asians'," 7 June 2018 The latter includes discussions of fantasy-adjacent arcana such as King Arthur’s Court and Atlantis. Bloomberg.com, "Has the Best Art in the World Been Destroyed?," 2 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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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