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fantasy

noun fan·ta·sy \ ˈfan-tə-sē , -zē \
variants: or less commonly
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of fantasy

plural fantasies
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 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)

Examples of fantasy in a Sentence

  1. His plans are pure fantasy.

  2. He can hardly tell the difference between fantasy and reality.

  3. His plans are just fantasies.

  4. Her fantasy is to be a film star.

  5. His plans are the product of pure fantasy.

  6. I spent my summer reading fantasies.

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Origin and Etymology of fantasy

Middle English fantasie — more at fancy


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fantasy

verb

Definition of fantasy

fantasied; fantasying

Examples of fantasy in a Sentence

  1. she regularly fantasies sexual encounters that she knows will never happen

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Origin and Etymology of fantasy


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fantasy

adjective

Definition of fantasy

: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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First Known Use of fantasy

1984



FANTASY Defined for English Language Learners

fantasy

noun

Definition of fantasy for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

fantasy

noun fan·ta·sy \ ˈfan-tə-sē , -zē \

Definition of fantasy for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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fantasy

noun fan·ta·sy
variants: also phantasy play \ˈfant-ə-sē, -zē\

medical Definition of fantasy

plural fantasies
: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

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fantasy

verb
variants: also phantasy

medical Definition of fantasy

fantasied; fantasying


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