fantasy[fant′ə sē, -zē]
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 Classical Greek appearance of a thing ; from phainein, to show, appear ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bhā-, 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 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 phantasiā, appearance, imagination, from phantazesthai, to appear, from phantos, visible, from phainesthai, phan-, to appear, passive of phainein, to show; see bhā-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present fantasies, present participle fantasying, simple past and past participle fantasied)
- (literary) To fantasize (about)