Definition of fantastic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//fænˈtæstɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fænˈtæstɪk//
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  1. 1(informal) extremely good; excellent synonym great, brilliant a fantastic beach in Australia a fantastic achievement The weather was absolutely fantastic. You've got the job? Fantastic! Synonymsgreatcool fantastic fabulous terrific brilliant awesome epicThese are all informal words that describe somebody/​something that is very good, pleasant, enjoyable, etc.great (informal) very good; giving a lot of pleasure:We had a great time in Madrid.cool (informal) used to show that you admire or approve of something, often because it is fashionable, attractive or different:I think their new song’s really cool.fantastic (informal) extremely good; giving a lot of pleasure:‘How was your holiday?’ ‘Fantastic!’fabulous (informal) extremely good:Jane’s a fabulous cook. (Fabulous is slightly more old-fashioned than the other words in this set.)terrific (informal) extremely good; wonderful:She’s doing a terrific job.brilliant (British English, informal), extremely good; wonderful:‘How was the show?’ ‘Brilliant!’awesome (informal, especially North American English) very good, impressive, or enjoyable:The show was just awesome.epic (informal) very good, impressive or enjoyable:The adventure and action are truly epic in scope.Patterns to have a(n) great/​cool/​fantastic/​fabulous/​terrific/​brilliant/​awesome time to look/​sound great/​cool/​fantastic/​fabulous/​terrific/​brilliant/​awesome really great/​cool/​fantastic/​fabulous/​terrific/​brilliant/​awesome absolutely great/​fantastic/​fabulous/​terrific/​brilliant/​awesome/​epic
  2. 2(informal) very large; larger than you expected synonym enormous, amazing The response to our appeal was fantastic. The car costs a fantastic amount of money.
  3. 3(less frequent fantastical) [usually before noun] strange and showing a lot of imagination synonym weird fantastic dreams of forests and jungles
  4. 4impossible to put into practice a fantastic scheme/project
  5. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘unreal’): from Old French fantastique, via medieval Latin from Greek phantastikos, from phantazein ‘make visible’, phantazesthai ‘have visions, imagine’, from phantos ‘visible’ (related to phainein ‘to show’). From the 16th to the 19th cents the Latinized spelling phantastic was also used.Extra examples It may sound rather fantastic, but it’s the truth. The plot gets increasingly fantastic as the film goes on. The sense of freedom was absolutely fantastic. This cake tastes fantastic. We had a really fantastic holiday. We had really fantastic weather in Rio. ‘How was your trip?’ ‘ Fantastic!’ ‘You’ve got the job?’ ‘ Fantastic!’ It was a fantastic achievement. We found a fantastic beach about a mile away. You look fantastic!
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: fantastic