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.

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. Julia Fox:

    There's a few in Manhattan and other parts of New York as well and it's legal. You go downstairs, it's a basement, there'd be all these different rooms. There was a medical room for [a] nurse/doctor fantasy, there was a torture room, another type of chamber, a cross-dressing room, a schoolroom, for any type of fantasy. It's really like role playing, it's like acting. When people say how did you get your start in acting it's really like the dungeon because I would have to improv multiple times a day on very short notice.

  2. Killian Jones:

    On the daily fantasy side, we'll be operating three different formats, so we'll have a game that's just for qualifying, a game that's just for the race and a game that's the race weekend, including both qualifying and race.

  3. Leader McConnell:

    Let me clarify Senate rules and Senate history for those who may be confused. First, about this fantasy that the speaker of the House will get to hand design the trial proceedings in the Senate, that's obviously a non-starter.

  4. Robert Anson Heinlein:

    To be matter of fact about the world is to blunder into fantasy -- and dull fantasy at that, as the real world is strange and wonderful.

  5. Roni Loren:

    It's very feminist. In a lot of romances, the woman is saving themselves. It's so pro consent -- it's our fantasy, that we want to be treated with respect.

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    a protective covering (as for a knife or sword)
    • A. helm
    • B. dint
    • C. impurity
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