plural noun
imag·​in·​ings | \ i-ˈmaj-niŋz How to pronounce imaginings (audio) , -ˈma-jə- \

Definition of imaginings

: products of the imagination : thoughts, images formless imaginings of danger and terror— Jack Shaefer

Examples of imaginings in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cruella could push Walt Disney’s live-action re-imaginings past $10 billion worldwide. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 12 May 2021 Shakespeare’s theatrical creations were probably a mixture of firsthand experiences with the diverse peoples passing through city and re-imaginings of these people. Ayanna Thompson, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Apr. 2021 Peaces by Helen Oyeyemi Otto and Xavier Shin and their pet mongoose set off on a mysterious train trip, the start of a surreal adventure of imaginings and memories and illusions. Monitor Reviewers, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Apr. 2021 With that opener, and the account that followed, Baylor came to be one of the great pillars of my early imaginings. Kurt Streeter, New York Times, 23 Mar. 2021 Readers of Freud’s writings on dreams are often drawn to his accounts of decrypting his patients’ puzzling nocturnal imaginings, which read like virtuosic detective stories. Washington Post, 26 Feb. 2021 And that's the case regardless of whether one's imaginings of the future are over the top and unbelievable or seemingly mundane. Tariro Mzezewa New York Times, Star Tribune, 26 Feb. 2021 Season after season, the runway is populated with Dickens heroines and royals, as well as more outré imaginings, like femme fleurs and mystical creatures. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 1 Jan. 2021 Your wildest imaginings can provide a source of inspiration to others. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 4 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of imaginings

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for imaginings

Middle English ymagynynges, plural of the gerund of ymaginen "to imagine"

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19 May 2021

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“Imaginings.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of imaginings

: ideas, stories, etc. that are thought of in your mind but that are not true or real


noun plural
imag·​in·​ings | \ i-ˈma-jə-niŋz \

Kids Definition of imaginings

: products of the imagination … he told us such impossible stories, such strange imaginings.— Mary Norton, The Borrowers


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