From Old French fantasie (“fantasy”), from Latin phantasia (“imagination”), from Ancient Greek φαντασία (phantasia, “apparition”), from φαντάζω (phantazō, “to show at the eye or the mind”), from φαίνω (phainō, “to show in light”), from the same root as ϕῶς (phôs, “light”).
fantasy (plural fantasies)
- That which comes from one's imagination
- (literature) The literary genre generally dealing with themes of magic and fictive medieval technology.
- (slang) The drug gamma-hydroxybutyric acid.
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- (literary) To fantasize (about)
- (obsolete) To have a fancy for; to be pleased with; to like.
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- Robynson (More's Utopia)
- Which he doth most fantasy.