fantasy

[ fan-tuh-see, -zee ]
/ ˈfæn tə si, -zi /

noun, plural fan·ta·sies.

adjective

noting or relating to any of various games or leagues in which fans assemble players of a professional sport into imaginary teams, and points are scored based on the performance of these players in real games: fantasy football; fantasy sports.

verb (used with or without object), fan·ta·sied, fan·ta·sy·ing.

to form mental images; imagine; fantasize.
Rare. to write or play fantasias.
Sometimes phan·ta·sy.

Origin of fantasy

1275–1325; Middle English fantasie imaginative faculty, mental image (< Anglo-French, Old French) < Latin phantasia < Greek phantasía an idea, notion, image, literally, a making visible; see fantastic, -y3
Related formsnon·fan·ta·sy, noun, plural non·fan·ta·sies.
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British Dictionary definitions for fantasy

fantasy

phantasy

/ (ˈfæntəsɪ) /

noun plural -sies

verb -sies, -sying or -sied

a less common word for fantasize

Word Origin for fantasy

C14 fantasie, from Latin phantasia, from Greek phantazein to make visible
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Word Origin and History for fantasy

fantasy


n.

early 14c., "illusory appearance," from Old French fantaisie (14c.) "vision, imagination," from Latin phantasia, from Greek phantasia "appearance, image, perception, imagination," from phantazesthai "picture to oneself," from phantos "visible," from phainesthai "appear," in late Greek "to imagine, have visions," related to phaos, phos "light," phainein "to show, to bring to light" (see phantasm). Sense of "whimsical notion, illusion" is pre-1400, followed by that of "imagination," which is first attested 1530s. Sense of "day-dream based on desires" is from 1926.

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Medicine definitions for fantasy

fantasy

[ făntə-sē, -zē ]

n.

Imagery that is more or less coherent, as in dreams and daydreams, yet unrestricted by reality.phantasia
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