Definition of fandom in US English:



  • 1The state or condition of being a fan of someone or something.

    ‘my 17 years of sports fandom’
    ‘an extensive questionnaire determined levels of Harry Potter fandom on a scale of one to five’
    • ‘The film is foremost a portrait of fandom, not stardom.’
    • ‘This passionate proximity combined with a tragic distance is the core of fandom.’
    • ‘"I'm honored by your fandom," said Pakula.’
    • ‘The series also satirized Japanese fandom, in particular the figure of the geeky "fanboy," or otaku.’
    • ‘Only problem was, upon viewing these so-called camp classics the first time through, I was neither impressed nor moved to fandom.’
    • ‘Most stories of Kurosawa fandom begin the same way: with a bootlegged copy of one his films from the mid to late Nineties.’
    • ‘Fandom by 1972 had exploded into an international phenomenon with conventions and assorted gatherings taking place all over our planet.’
    • ‘It's not an act of fandom, but of selfishness and laziness.’
    • ‘Andrew Horn's documentary keeps just the right chilled distance from its evanescent subject matter and pays due reverence to Klaus without falling into titillation or fandom.’
    1. 1.1 The fans of a particular person, team, fictional series, etc. regarded collectively as a community or subculture.
      ‘the Breaking Bad fandom’
      ‘of course, every fandom has its extreme members’
      • ‘Nothing against HP and LotR fans, we're just bound to be different because of the nature of our fandoms.’
      • ‘Large "fandoms" erupt around popular anime series, widely read books like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, and cult movies like The Matrix.’
      • ‘I think an eye and ear for those fandoms were what made Marvel great, long ago.’
      • ‘When you claim to be writing "fanfic" in such-and-such a fandom, you are assumed to be using that fandom to its fullest extent.’
      • ‘The franchiseis struggling to reconnect with a fandom pledging allegiance to Florida Gators football and split among in-state NFL clubs Tampa Bay and Miami as well as the Jaguars.’
      • ‘Not all but most fandoms are dominated quite heavily by women when it comes to writing.’
      • ‘X-Men has a strong fandom.’
      • ‘Most of the people who talk intelligently about fandom are speaking from years of experience in multiple fandoms.’
      • ‘I consider "Harry Potter", "Lord of the Rings", and "Pirates of the Caribbean" to be the three biggest fandoms.’
      • ‘It fostered a vigorous but conservatively minded fandom, which still flourishes and holds many conventions, large and small.’
      • ‘While the writers in my fandom are definitely interested in craft matters, almost all of them are much more picky about the feedback I give them than my mentees are.’


Late 19th century: from fan + -dom.