[ fan-tey-zhuh, -zhee-uh, fan-tuh-zee-uh ]
/ fænˈteɪ ʒə, -ʒi ə, ˌfæn təˈzi ə /


  1. a composition in fanciful or irregular form or style.
  2. a potpourri of well-known airs arranged with interludes and florid embellishments.
something considered to be unreal, weird, exotic, or grotesque.

Origin of fantasia

From Italian, dating back to 1715–25; see origin at fantasy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for fantasia

/ (fænˈteɪzɪə, ˌfæntəˈzɪə) /


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

C18: from Italian: fancy; see fantasy
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