[ vizh-uh-ner-ee ]
/ ˈvɪʒ əˌnɛr i /


noun, plural vi·sion·ar·ies.

Origin of visionary

First recorded in 1640–50; vision + -ary
Related formsvi·sion·ar·i·ness, nounnon·vi·sion·ar·y, adjective, nounun·vi·sion·ar·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for visionary


/ (ˈvɪʒənərɪ) /


marked by vision or foresighta visionary leader
incapable of being realized or effected; unrealistic
(of people) characterized by idealistic or radical ideas, esp impractical ones
given to having visions
of, of the nature of, or seen in visions

noun plural -aries

a visionary person
Derived Formsvisionariness, noun
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Word Origin and History for visionary



"able to see visions," 1650s, from vision + -ary. Meaning "impractical" is attested from 1727. The noun is attested from 1702, from the adj., originally "one who indulges in impractical fantasies."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper