plural noun

imag·​in·​ings i-ˈmaj-niŋz How to pronounce imaginings (audio)
: products of the imagination : thoughts, images
formless imaginings of danger and terrorJack Shaefer

Examples of imaginings in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The expansive imaginings of survivalist adaptations are matched by the production’s eerie visual allure, not least in the marine pulchritude of the cordyceps’ character design. Inkoo Kang, The New Yorker, 15 Jan. 2023 While Kepler, Galileo and others were establishing the foundations of modern astronomy in the 17th century, the study of Earth itself remained a medieval science, mired in myth and fantastic imaginings. Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, 13 July 2014 Dia Art Foundation is known for collecting artists in depth and supporting their wildest imaginings—City, Michael Heizer’s sprawling epic in the Nevada desert, and Walter De Maria’s The Lightning Field in New Mexico come to mind. Julie Belcove, Robb Report, 28 Jan. 2023 Their respective specialties are even better and also wilder in their imaginings. Bill Addisonrestaurant Critic, Los Angeles Times, 21 Dec. 2022 Wakanda Forever and Wendell & Wild invite us to experience underappreciated pieces of history along with our own imaginings. Hilary Lewis, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Dec. 2022 Cameron’s new island realm is a land without creativity, without personalized ideas, inspirations, imaginings, desires. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 16 Dec. 2022 Corsage takes place in the months after the Empress’s 40th Birthday and is full of Kreutzer’s imaginings—based only loosely on a handpicked smattering of historical facts. Katie Bowman, Condé Nast Traveler, 28 Dec. 2022 The final product sounds more like the imaginings of Dr. Octavius: A fully functional exoskeleton, manipulated through connections to the patient's motor and somatosensory cortices. Kyle Munkittrick, Discover Magazine, 15 Nov. 2011

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of imaginings was in the 15th century

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“Imaginings.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural noun
: products of the imagination : thoughts, images
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