- a composition in fanciful or irregular form or style.
- a potpourri of well-known airs arranged with interludes and florid embellishments.
- fantasy(def 9).
- something considered to be unreal, weird, exotic, or grotesque.
Origin of fantasia
Examples from the Web for fantasia
Contemporary Examples of fantasia
What do we remember more fondly: Fantasia torching a rendition of “Summertime?”Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. Will Save ‘American Idol’
September 3, 2013
Historical Examples of fantasia
They are good for a long journey, or a swift run, or a fantasia.Out-of-Doors in the Holy Land
Henry Van Dyke
There's the piano, still open—a fantasia lies, you see, on the music-stand.A Hungarian Nabob
The fantasia is a spontaneous, every-man-on-his-own sort of an affair.In the Land of Mosques & Minarets
I recall this fantasia because I was so fortunate as to have heard it so near him.The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume II (of 3)
Alexander Wheelock Thayer
He asked me if I had composed a fantasia on the Red Sarafan.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
- any musical composition of a free or improvisatory nature
- a potpourri of popular tunes woven freely into a loosely bound composition
- another word for fancy (def. 13)
Word Origin for fantasia
Word Origin and History for fantasia
"musical composition that sounds extemporaneous," 1724, from Italian fantasia, from Latin phantasia (see fantasy).