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 Starting in her 30s, Ms. Murphy turned her wild imaginings into reality. New York Times, 27 May 2022 Soon, childhood memories become the backdrops of terrible imaginings and the landscape of increasingly disturbing incidents. Marta Balaga, Variety, 1 July 2022 Those concerns, first voiced by anonymous sources to ESPN on the day of the Super Bowl, are real, not the imaginings of media-seeking page views and subscribers. Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic, 25 June 2022 Douglas’s repulsed imaginings drew on at least two distinct senses of privacy. Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker, 20 June 2022 In her singular imaginings, mermaids swim up to watch TV news about their planet, ships play tag with giant squid, and humans get up close and personal with a purple narwhal with blue wings. New York Times, 1 June 2022 The imaginings of acting are temporary; when the show is over, the actor returns to the real world, and knows the difference. Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, 7 Mar. 2022 The re-imaginings of the songs are courtesy of St. Vincent, TOKiMONSTA and Honey Dijon. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 18 Jan. 2022 For much of the rest of the film, except for occasional cutaways to young Stan’s imaginings, the adult Stan (voiced by Jack Black) narrates what really happened. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 31 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Imaginings.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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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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