Definition of fantastic in English:

fantastic

adjective

  • 1informal Extraordinarily good or attractive.

    ‘they did a fantastic job’
    ‘your support has been fantastic’
    • ‘We can now give the people what they want - access to a fantastic destination that has a huge array of attractions.’
    • ‘Of course, it would be churlish not to marvel at the fantastic performance of Tiger Woods.’
    • ‘It is an awesome, fantastic car, and it is really nice, but it just isn't for me.’
    • ‘We saw some fantastic competition and some brilliant races, particularly in the distance events.’
    • ‘The weather is fantastic, which has kind of thrown my body thermostat off kilter.’
    • ‘Dragan Dzajic, a brilliant player with a fantastic left foot and brilliant technique.’
    • ‘Godowsky is a very underrated composer, this disc is fantastic, Hamelin is superb!’
    • ‘I needed a full-time job to get a great house with my superb friends in a fantastic Sydney suburb.’
    • ‘It has wonderful staff, a fantastic atmosphere, a menu that more or less has something you want however you are feeling.’
    • ‘The one thing that has united everyone is terrific passion for this fantastic city of ours.’
    • ‘Excellent fresh fish, the most marvellous roast potatoes and fantastic cakes.’
    • ‘He was absolutely fantastic and it felt wonderful to see him on stage.’
    • ‘So anyway, we all think you're fabulous, great and fantastic and so will the world's rock scene!’
    • ‘It was a fantastic day with a wonderful service and a great reception.’
    • ‘He has a wonderful wife, a fantastic job and two brilliant children.’
    • ‘But she's absolutely terrific, a really fantastic person who is very funny and very cheeky.’
    • ‘This wonderful daughter, fantastic friend, and excellent pupil had secured a place at a top university.’
    • ‘There will also be a raffle for fabulous prizes including a fantastic hamper, so come along and try your luck.’
    • ‘Many of our resorts now offer fantastic facilities and a wide range of attractions and activities for everyone to enjoy.’
    • ‘We walked around for hours taking photos and marvelling at the fantastic paintings and architecture.’
    tremendous, remarkable, great, terrific, enormous, huge, striking, impressive, outstanding, phenomenal, monumental, overwhelming
    marvellous, wonderful, sensational, magnificent, outstanding, superb, superlative, excellent, very good, first-rate, first-class, dazzling, out of this world, breathtaking
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    1. 1.1 Of an extraordinary size or degree.
      ‘she had spent a fantastic amount of cash’
      • ‘The great total of e260 was collected on the morning which is a fantastic amount.’
      • ‘Making them also uses a fantastic amount of water, far more than is used washing re-usable ones.’
      • ‘They also learn a fantastic amount about science and about themselves.’
      • ‘We are learning a fantastic amount about consciousness from the current science.’
      • ‘But even that fantastic amount of cash would only replace sewers more than 100 years old.’
      • ‘We wish to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who helped us in any way to achieve this fantastic amount.’
      • ‘It's a fantastic amount of money which could make an enormous difference to someone's life.’
      • ‘The computer age means a fantastic amount of information and statistics can be accessed almost instantly.’
      • ‘It's wonderfully remote, with fantastic cliffs and big white sandy beaches.’
  • 2Imaginative or fanciful; remote from reality.

    ‘fantastic hybrid creatures’
    • ‘There are ongoing sightings of sea-monsters and fantastic creatures lurking in the emerald green waters.’
    • ‘Most contain fantastic elements, from Lucifer and Jesus to a field of talking cows.’
    • ‘The fantastic creatures and the magic that fuels them is utterly captivating.’
    • ‘Everything in Ilija's work is unreal and ahistorical, fantastic and imaginative.’
    • ‘His life reads like a romantic novel, and much of his music bears the same colourful and fantastic traits.’
    • ‘His world is strange, fantastic, gritty and believable, it works very well as a fantasy world.’
    fanciful, extravagant, extraordinary, irrational, wild, mad, absurd, far-fetched, nonsensical, incredible, unbelievable, unthinkable, implausible, improbable, unlikely, doubtful, dubious
    strange, weird, bizarre, outlandish, queer, peculiar, eccentric, grotesque, freakish, surreal, exotic
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    1. 2.1 (of an object) seeming more appropriate to the imagination than to reality; strange or exotic.
      ‘a fantastic, maze-like building’
      • ‘The world before the flood is fantastic and strange, alluringly unreal.’
      • ‘Palm trees swayed as the wind combed their leaves into flying crests like strange and fantastic coiffure.’
      • ‘For about four hours every day, the reflected sun throws fantastic shapes on the walls inside.’
      • ‘But even as the light faded, strange and fantastic bird sounds came from every side.’
      • ‘The surrealism of the performance lies in how normal the fantastic and bizarre events of the banquet are portrayed.’
      • ‘This island hosts a large number of strange-shaped stones and fantastic caves.’
      • ‘The fantastic medieval building is the best in the north of Scotland and gives a great insight into the area's Norse past.’

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘unreal’): from Old French fantastique, via medieval Latin from Greek phantastikos, from phantazein ‘make visible’, phantazesthai ‘have visions, imagine’, from phantos ‘visible’ (related to phainein ‘to show’). From the 16th to the 19th centuries the Latinized spelling phantastic was also used.

Pronunciation

fantastic

/fanˈtastɪk/