What does Fantasy mean?

Definitions for Fantasy
ˈfæn tə si, -zifan·ta·sy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fantasy, phantasynoun

    imagination unrestricted by reality

    "a schoolgirl fantasy"

  2. fantasy, phantasynoun

    fiction with a large amount of imagination in it

    "she made a lot of money writing romantic fantasies"

  3. illusion, fantasy, phantasy, fancyverb

    something many people believe that is false

    "they have the illusion that I am very wealthy"

  4. fantasy, fantasize, fantasiseverb

    indulge in fantasies

    "he is fantasizing when he says he plans to start his own company"


  1. fantasynoun

    That which comes from one's imagination

  2. fantasynoun

    The literary genre generally dealing with themes of magic and fictive medieval technology.

  3. fantasynoun

    The drug gamma-hydroxybutyric acid.

  4. fantasyverb

    To fantasize (about)

  5. Etymology: From fantasie, from phantasia, from φαντασία, from φαντάζω, from φαίνω, from the same root as ϕῶς.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FANTASYnoun

    Etymology: fantasie, Fr. phantasia, Latin; φαυτασία.

    How now, Horatio? you tremble and look pale!
    Is not this something more than fantasy? William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    I talk of dreams,
    Which are the children of an idle brain,
    Begot of nothing but vain fantasy;
    Which is as thin of substance as the air,
    And more unconstant than the wind. William Shakespeare, Rom. and Juliet.

    He is superstitious grown of late,
    Quite from the main opinion he held once
    Of fantasy, of dreams, and ceremonies. William Shakespeare, Jul. Cæsar.

    Go you, and where you find a maid,
    That ere she sleep hath thrice her prayers said,
    Rein up the organs of her fantasy,
    Sleep she as sound as careless infancy. William Shakespeare.

    These spirits of sense, in fantasy ’s high court,
    Judge of the forms of objects, ill or well;
    And so they send a good or ill report
    Down to the heart, where all affections dwell. Davies.

    By the power of fantasy we see colours in a dream, or a mad man sees things before him which are not there. Newton.

    And with the sug’ry sweet thereof allure,
    Chaste ladies ears to fantasies impure. Hubberd’s Tale.

    I would wish that both you and others would cease from drawing the Scriptures to your fantasies and affections. John Whitgift.


  1. Fantasy

    Fantasy is a genre of speculative fiction involving magical elements, typically set in a fictional universe and sometimes inspired by mythology and folklore. Its roots are in oral traditions, which then became fantasy literature and drama. From the twentieth century, it has expanded further into various media, including film, television, graphic novels, manga, animations and video games. Fantasy is distinguished from the genres of science fiction and horror by the respective absence of scientific or macabre themes, although these genres overlap. In popular culture, the fantasy genre predominantly features settings that emulate Earth, but with a sense of otherness. In its broadest sense, however, fantasy consists of works by many writers, artists, filmmakers, and musicians from ancient myths and legends to many recent and popular works.


  1. fantasy

    Fantasy is a genre in literature, art, or entertainment that involves elements that are typically unreal or imaginary, often characterized by the inclusion of magic, mythical creatures, and fictional worlds. It can also refer to an idea or scenario that is imagined by an individual which is unlikely to happen in reality.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fantasynoun

    fancy; imagination; especially, a whimsical or fanciful conception; a vagary of the imagination; whim; caprice; humor

  2. Fantasynoun

    fantastic designs

  3. Fantasyverb

    to have a fancy for; to be pleased with; to like; to fancy

  4. Etymology: [See Fancy.]


  1. Fantasy

    Fantasy is a genre of fiction that commonly uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary plot element, theme, or setting. Many works within the genre take place in imaginary worlds where magic and magical creatures are common. Fantasy is generally distinguished from the genres of science fiction and horror by the expectation that it steers clear of scientific and macabre themes, respectively, though there is a great deal of overlap between the three, all of which are subgenres of speculative fiction. In popular culture, the fantasy genre is predominantly of the medievalist form, especially since the worldwide success of The Lord of the Rings and related books by J. R. R. Tolkien. In its broadest sense, however, fantasy comprises works by many writers, artists, filmmakers, and musicians, from ancient myths and legends to many recent works embraced by a wide audience today. Fantasy is a vibrant area of academic study in a number of disciplines. Work in this area ranges widely, from the structuralist theory of Tzvetan Todorov, which emphasizes the fantastic as a liminal space, to work on the connections between medievalism and popular culture.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fantasy

    Phantasy, fan′ta-si, n. fancy: imagination: mental image: love: whim, caprice.—v.t. to fancy, conceive mentally.—adj. Fan′tasied, filled with fancies.—n. Fan′tasm (same as Phantasm).—adj. Fan′tasque, fantastic.—ns. Fan′tast, a person of fantastic ideas; Fantas′tic, one who is fantastical.—adjs. Fantas′tic, -al, fanciful: not real: capricious: whimsical: wild.—adv. Fantas′tically.—n. Fantas′ticalness.—v.t. and v.i. Fantas′ticate.—ns. Fantas′ticism; Fantas′tico (Shak.), a fantastic. [O. Fr.,—Low L. phantasticus—Gr. phantastikos, phantazein, to make visible. Fancy is a doublet.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Fantasy

    An imagined sequence of events or mental images, e.g., daydreams.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Fantasy' in Nouns Frequency: #1949

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Fantasy in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Fantasy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Fantasy in a Sentence

  1. Model Sara Sampaio:

    I really don’t think we should label models as 'plus' or 'runway'. Models are people.A lot of people like to make us some species that are not human, we are normal people, this is a whole production.... It’s not like I wake up like this. There is makeup, there is hair, and there is the perfect light.There is a whole team that gets you to get that perfect picture. It’s a fantasy.

  2. Cedric Cromwell:

    There's this whole Norman Rockwell fantasy of what Thanksgiving was about, that it was this huge celebration between the first settlers and the tribes that sat down and talked, and that really wasn't the case.

  3. Kacen Callender:

    Because I write contemporary, magical realism and speculative for both children and adults, I spend a lot of time thinking about real settings for the contemporary books and the pieces that could be taken from those places to create fantasy spaces. But I also like to look for the magic in the real world…

  4. Albert Einstein:

    When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.

  5. Zaman Ali:

    Death is the only fantasy that becomes real for all humans.”

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