of, relating to, or resembling Utopia, an idealized imaginary island described in Sir Thomas More's Utopia (1516).
(usually lowercase) founded upon or involving idealized perfection.
(usually lowercase) given to impractical or unrealistic schemes of such perfection.


an inhabitant of Utopia.
(usually lowercase) an ardent but impractical political or social reformer; visionary; idealist.

Origin of Utopian

From the New Latin word Utopiānus, dating back to 1545–55. See Utopia, -an

Synonyms for Utopian

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  • And the gentle Utopian Emperor had tried in vain to be killed on the battle-field.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • The Utopian ideas which I have expressed have in no way the pretension to be new.

  • The prudence which teaches one man to be a Whig, will make of another a Utopian.

  • But the recital of this Utopian dream was rudely interrupted.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer

    Cyrus Townsend Brady

  • Bob, thus forming his Utopian plans, forgot the tedium of the trail.

    The Gaunt Gray Wolf

    Dillon Wallace

British Dictionary definitions for utopian



of or relating to a perfect or ideal existence


an idealistic social reformer
Derived FormsUtopianism, noun
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Word Origin and History for utopian

1550s, with reference to More's fictional country; 1610s as "extravagantly ideal, impossibly visionary," from utopia + -ian. As a noun meaning "visionary idealist" it is first recorded c.1873 (earlier in this sense was utopiast, 1854).

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