Definition of phantom noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    phantom

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    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈfæntəm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfæntəm//
     
     
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  1. 1a ghost the phantom of his dead father
  2. 2a thing that exists only in your imagination Phantoms and chimeras inhabited her brain.
  3. Word Origin Middle English (also in the sense ‘illusion, delusion’): from Old French fantosme, based on Greek phantasma, from phantazein ‘make visible’, from phainein ‘to show’.
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