[ fan-see-er ]
/ ˈfæn si ər /


a person having a liking for or interest in something; enthusiast: a fancier of sports cars.
a person who breeds animals, plants, etc., especially in order to improve the strain: a horse fancier.

Origin of fancier

First recorded in 1755–65; fancy + -er1

Definition for fancier (2 of 2)

Origin of fancy

1350–1400; Middle English fan(t)sy, syncopated variant of fantasie fantasy


2 Fancy, fantasy, imagination refer to qualities in literature or other artistic composition. The creations of fancy are casual, whimsical, and often amusing, being at once less profound and less moving or inspiring than those of imagination: letting one's fancy play freely on a subject; an impish fancy. Fantasy now usually suggests an unrestrained or extravagant fancy, often resulting in caprice: The use of fantasy in art creates interesting results. The term and concept of creative imagination are less than two hundred years old; previously only the reproductive aspect had been recognized, hardly to be distinguished from memory. “Creative imagination” suggests that the memories of actual sights and experiences may so blend in the mind of the writer or artist as to produce something that has never existed before—often a hitherto unperceived vision of reality: to use imagination in portraying character and action.
3 thought, notion, impression, idea; phantasm.
5 quirk, humor, crotchet.
11 fine, elegant, choice.
12 decorated, ornate.
16 envision, conceive, imagine.


fan·ci·ness, noun un·fan·cy, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for fancier (1 of 2)

/ (ˈfænsɪə) /


a person with a special interest in something
a person who breeds plants or animals, often as a pastime a bird fancier

British Dictionary definitions for fancier (2 of 2)

Derived forms of fancy

fancily, adverb fanciness, noun

Word Origin for fancy

C15 fantsy, shortened from fantasie; see fantasy

Idioms and Phrases with fancier


see flight of fancy; footloose and fancy-free; take a fancy to; tickle one's fancy;.