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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: fantasie, from Latin phantasia, from Greek, 'appearance, imagination'

fantasy

noun
     
Related topics: Literature, Film
fan‧ta‧sy plural fantasies
1 [uncountable and countable] an exciting and unusual experience or situation you imagine happening to you, but which will probably never happen:
I used to have fantasies about living in Paris with an artist.
sexual fantasies
Young children sometimes can't distinguish between fantasy and reality.
He lived in a fantasy world of his own, even as a small boy.
2 [singular, uncountable] an idea or belief that is based only on imagination, not on real facts:
Memories can sometimes be pure fantasy, rather than actual recollections.
3 [countable] a story, film etc that is based on imagination and not facts:
a surrealist fantasy set in a South American village

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