An example of fantasy is a daydream to be the owner of a chain of restaurants one day.
- imagination or fancy; esp., wild, visionary fancy
- an unnatural or bizarre mental image; illusion; phantasm
- an odd notion; whim; caprice
- a work of fiction portraying highly imaginative (sense ) characters or settings that have no counterparts in the real world
- such works, collectively, as a literary form; specif., those works dealing with dragons, elves, ghosts, etc.
- Music fantasia (sense )
- a more-or-less connected series of mental images, as in a daydream, usually involving some unfulfilled desire
- the activity of forming such images
Origin of fantasyMiddle English fantasie ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin phantasia, idea, notion ; from Gr, appearance of a thing ; from phainein, to show, appear ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bh?-, to gleam, shine from source Old English bonian, to ornament
- of or like a fantasy
- of or pertaining to any of various games in which scoring is keyed statistically to the performances of actual players in a particular sport
- The creative imagination; unrestrained fancy.
- Something, such as an invention, that is a creation of the fancy.
- A capricious or fantastic idea; a conceit.
- a. A genre of fiction or other artistic work characterized by fanciful or supernatural elements.b. A work of this genre.
- An imagined event or sequence of mental images, such as a daydream, usually fulfilling a wish or psychological need.
- An unrealistic or improbable supposition.
- Music See fantasia.
- A coin issued especially by a questionable authority and not intended for use as currency.
- Obsolete A hallucination.
transitive verbfan·ta·sied, fan·ta·sy·ing, fan·ta·sies
Origin of fantasyMiddle English fantasie, fantsy, from Old French fantasie, from Latin phantasia, from Greek phantasi&amacron;, appearance, imagination, from phantazesthai, to appear, from phantos, visible, from phainesthai, phan-, to appear, passive of phainein, to show; see bh&amacron;-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present fantasies, present participle fantasying, simple past and past participle fantasied)
- (literary) To fantasize (about)