Definition: Fantasy

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Noun inherited from Middle English fantasie, from Old French fantasie (fantasy), from Latin phantasia (imagination), from Ancient Greek φαντασία or phantasía (apparition), from φαντάζω or phantázō (to render visible), from φαντός or phantós (visible), from φαίνω or phaínō (to make visible); from the same root as φάος or pháos (light); ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *bʰh₂nyéti, from the root *bʰeh₂- (to shine). Doublet of fancy and fantasia. Verb from Middle English fantasien, from Old French fantasier. Doublet of fancy.


fantasy (countable and uncountable, plural fantasies)

  1. That which comes from one's imagination.
  2. The literary genre generally dealing with themes of magic and the supernatural, imaginary worlds and creatures, etc.
  3. A fantastical design.

Derived terms

  • dark fantasy
  • fantasy baseball
  • fantasy cricket
  • fantasy football
  • fantasy land
  • fantasy sports
  • fantasy world
  • fantasy wrestling
  • science fantasy
  • urban fantasy

Related terms

  • fantasize


fantasy (third-person singular simple present fantasies, present participle fantasying, simple past and past participle fantasied)

  1. (literary, psychoanalysis) To fantasize (about).
  2. To imagine; to conceive mentally.


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