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Definition of fancy adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (fancier, fanciest)
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  1. 1 (sometimes disapproving) expensive or connected with an expensive way of life fancy restaurants with fancy prices a big, fancy house
  2. 2 unusually complicated, often in an unnecessary way; intended to impress other people a kitchen full of fancy gadgets They added a lot of fancy footwork to the dance. He's always using fancy legal words. opposite simple
  3. 3 [only before noun] (especially of small things) with a lot of decorations or bright colors fancy pastries shaped like swans He was the fanciest dresser in the room. compare plain
  4. 4 (of food) of high quality
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: fancy