Definition of fantastic in English:



  • 1informal Extraordinarily good or attractive.

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

    ‘novels are capable of mixing fantastic and realistic elements’
    ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Everything in Ilija's work is unreal and ahistorical, fantastic and imaginative.’
    • ‘The fantastic creatures and the magic that fuels them is utterly captivating.’
    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.
      ‘visions of a fantastic, mazelike building’
      • ‘This island hosts a large number of strange-shaped stones and fantastic caves.’
      • ‘The surrealism of the performance lies in how normal the fantastic and bizarre events of the banquet are portrayed.’
      • ‘Palm trees swayed as the wind combed their leaves into flying crests like strange and fantastic coiffure.’
      • ‘The world before the flood is fantastic and strange, alluringly unreal.’
      • ‘But even as the light faded, strange and fantastic bird sounds came from every side.’
      • ‘For about four hours every day, the reflected sun throws fantastic shapes on the walls inside.’
      • ‘The fantastic medieval building is the best in the north of Scotland and gives a great insight into the area's Norse past.’


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