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 artwork features creatures, figurative and fantasy, that are finished with acrylic washes and velvet glazes. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Brother Benno’s plans luau fundraiser," 8 July 2019 Behind her, the orchestra traded in lush cinematic fantasies, inquisitive wind and brass solos, and dark chromatic sequences. Zoë Madonna, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston Symphony Orchestra begins Tanglewood season in style," 7 July 2019 This epic fantasy, which subverts gender stereotypes and expectations, has the potential to break out in the mold of Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone, with its fresh take on themes on vengeance and coming-of-age. David Canfield, EW.com, "First look: Next year's biggest YA fantasy could be All the Stars and Teeth," 2 July 2019 Gaiman's 75-issue revival of the character are an odd mix of mythology, fantasy, horror, and history, rife with literary references and a fair bit of dark humor. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "At long last, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series is being adapted for television," 1 July 2019 Set in the 1980s, the supernatural series cleverly draws inspiration from that decade’s fantasy, horror and science-fiction entertainment — from movies and novels to comic books and anime. Mark Dawidziak, cleveland.com, "Third season of ‘Stranger Things’ starts on Fourth of July," 29 June 2019 Here’s how: In Yesterday’s asinine fantasy, an unnamed event (electromagnetic field? solar or lunar eclipse?) causes the world’s grid to go dark. Armond White, National Review, "Yesterday Is Cynical, Fake Nostalgia," 28 June 2019 Well, the good news is the musical fantasy (★★★ out of four; rated PG-13; in theaters nationwide Friday) is a mostly enjoyable stroll down Penny Lane. USA TODAY, "Review: Endearing, imperfect 'Yesterday' imagines a world without The Beatles," 26 June 2019 Yesterday, a fantasy that works well enough as a Beatles love letter but falls short in the love-story department. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Yesterday Is a Rom-Com That’s Perfectly Charming If You Don’t Look Too Closely," 26 June 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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The first known use of fantasy was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for fantasy

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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