A fantasy is something you imagine, which might involve dragons, unicorns, or an imaginary best friend. If you live in a fantasy world, you're not worrying much about reality — pleasant, maybe, but not very practical.

Fantasy is dreams and imagination. In a football fantasy league, you can create your own dream team. In literature, fantasy — a genre similar to science fiction — might include a story about a three-headed squirrel and a bionic aardvark who fall in love on a planet made entirely of strawberries. Romance can be fantasy, too, according to a Billy Joel song: "It's just a fantasy. It's not the real thing. But sometimes a fantasy is all you need."

Definitions of fantasy

n imagination unrestricted by reality

“a schoolgirl fantasy
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dream, pipe dream
a fantastic but vain hope (from fantasies induced by the opium pipe)
fantasy life, phantasy life
an imaginary life lived in a fantasy world
fairyland, fantasy world, phantasy world
something existing solely in the imagination (but often mistaken for reality)
a prolonged fantasy world invented by children; can have a definite geography and language and history
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imagination, imaginativeness, vision
the formation of a mental image of something that is not perceived as real and is not present to the senses

n fiction with a large amount of imagination in it

“she made a lot of money writing romantic fantasies
science fiction
literary fantasy involving the imagined impact of science on society
a genre of fast-paced science fiction involving oppressive futuristic computerized societies
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a literary work based on the imagination and not necessarily on fact

n something many people believe that is false

fancy, illusion, phantasy
an impracticable and illusory idea
ignis fatuus, will-o'-the-wisp
an illusion that misleads
wishful thinking
the illusion that what you wish for is actually true
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an incorrect conception

v indulge in fantasies

fantasise, fantasize, phantasy
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conceive of, envisage, ideate, imagine
form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case

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