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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. 2unusually 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