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[dree-mer] /ˈdri mər/
a person who dreams.
a person who lives in a world of fantasy; one who is impractical and unrealistic.
a person whose ideas or projects are considered audacious or highly speculative; visionary.
Origin of dreamer
1250-1300; Middle English. See dream, -er1 Unabridged
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  • He had been a dreamer, too—but that was ages and ages ago, and long, long gone for him.

    Winner Take All Larry Evans
  • What the world lost by this insomnia of the dreamer the world will never know.

    The Story of the Mormons William Alexander Linn
  • “Great acts shouldst thou say rather, for I am no dreamer of dreams,” I answered bitterly.

    The Induna's Wife Bertram Mitford
  • He was an orator, a dreamer, and a visionary; a strange, complex character.

    The Story of the Outlaw Emerson Hough
  • The dreamer arrives at the bank of a river, which gave forth sweet sounds.

British Dictionary definitions for dreamer


a person who dreams habitually
a person who lives in or escapes to a world of fantasy or illusion; escapist
(archaic) a prophet; visionary
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for dreamer

c.1300, "one who dreams," agent noun from dream (v.). Meaning "idler, daydreamer" emerged by 1530s. Old English dreamere meant "musician."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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