[ vizh-uh-ner-ee ]
/ ˈvɪʒ əˌnɛr i /


noun, plural vi·sion·ar·ies.

Nearby words

  1. vision cloth,
  2. vision mixer,
  3. vision quest,
  4. visional,
  5. visionally,
  6. visioned,
  7. visit,
  8. visitable,
  9. visitant,
  10. visitation

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