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



BrE BrE//ˌfæntæzməˈɡɒr//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌfæntæzməˈɡɔːr//
[singular] (formal)
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a changing scene of real or imagined figures, for example as seen in a dream or created as an effect in a film/movie Word Originearly 19th cent. (originally the name of a London exhibition (1802) of optical illusions produced chiefly by magic lantern): probably from French fantasmagorie, from fantasme ‘phantasm’ + a fanciful suffix.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: phantasmagoria