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From Old French fantasie (fantasy), from Latin phantasia (imagination), from Ancient Greek φαντασία (phantasía, apparition), from φαντάζω (phantázō, to show at the eye or the mind), from φαίνω (phaínō, to show in light), from the same root as φῶς (phôs, light); [presented by Liddle & Scott] as Ancient Greek *φα (*pha, to shine).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈfæntəsi/, /ˈfæntəzi/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈfæntəsi/, [ˈfæntɪ̈si], [ˈfæɾ̃ɪ̈si]
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fantasy (countable and uncountable, plural fantasies)

  1. That which comes from one's imagination.
    • Shakespeare
      Is not this something more than fantasy ?
    • Milton
      A thousand fantasies begin to throng into my memory.
  2. (literature) The literary genre generally dealing with themes of magic and the supernatural, imaginary worlds and creatures, etc.
  3. A fantastical design.
    • Hawthorne
      Embroidered with fantasies and flourishes of gold thread.
  4. (slang) The drug gamma-hydroxybutyric acid.

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fantasy (third-person singular simple present fantasies, present participle fantasying, simple past and past participle fantasied)

  1. (literary, psychoanalysis) To fantasize (about).
    • 2013, Mark J. Blechner, Hope and Mortality: Psychodynamic Approaches to AIDS and HIV
      Perhaps I would be able to help him recapture the well-being and emotional closeness he fantasied his brother had experienced with his parents prior to his birth.
  2. (obsolete) To have a fancy for; to be pleased with; to like.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Cavendish to this entry?)
    • Robynson (More's Utopia)
      Which he doth most fantasy.

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fantasy f

  1. (literature) fantasy (literary genre)



fantasy f (plural fantasys)

  1. (literature) fantasy (literary genre)