- The definition of a phantom is something that seems real but does not exist.
An example of a phantom is a phantom pain in an amputated leg.
- Phantom is a ghost or something that seems to appear but that doesn't actually exist.
A ghost that haunts your house is an example of a phantom.
A child dressed as a phantom for Halloween.
- something that seems to appear to the sight but has no physical existence; apparition; vision; specter
- something feared or dreaded
- something that exists only in the mind; illusion
- a person or thing that is something in appearance but not in fact: a phantom of a leader
- any mental image or representation: the phantoms of things past
Origin of phantomMiddle English fantome, fantosme ; from Old French fantosme ; from Classical Latin phantasma: see phantasm
- Something apparently seen, heard, or sensed, but having no physical reality; a ghost or apparition.
- An image that appears only in the mind; an illusion: phantoms of a disturbed mind.
- Medicine A model of a human body or body part.
- Resembling, characteristic of, or being a phantom: tales of a phantom ship haunting the bay.
- Fictitious or nonexistent, often when intended to deceive: phantom employees on the payroll; deposits in a phantom bank account.
- Believed to be real even though illusory: a phantom pregnancy.
- Being a phantom limb: a phantom arm.
Origin of phantomMiddle English fantom, from Old French fantosme, probably from Vulgar Latin *phantauma, from Greek dialectal *phantagma, from Greek phantasma; see phantasm.