Definition of fantastic in English:



  • 1informal Extraordinarily good or attractive.

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

    ‘fantastic hybrid creatures’
    • ‘His life reads like a romantic novel, and much of his music bears the same colourful and fantastic traits.’
    • ‘Everything in Ilija's work is unreal and ahistorical, fantastic and imaginative.’
    • ‘The fantastic creatures and the magic that fuels them is utterly captivating.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His world is strange, fantastic, gritty and believable, it works very well as a fantasy world.’
    strange, weird, bizarre, outlandish, queer, peculiar, eccentric, grotesque, freakish, surreal, exotic
    fanciful, extravagant, extraordinary, irrational, wild, mad, absurd, far-fetched, nonsensical, incredible, unbelievable, unthinkable, implausible, improbable, unlikely, doubtful, dubious
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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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The world before the flood is fantastic and strange, alluringly unreal.’
      • ‘The fantastic medieval building is the best in the north of Scotland and gives a great insight into the area's Norse past.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This island hosts a large number of strange-shaped stones and fantastic caves.’


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.