• WordNet 3.6
    • n fancier a person having a strong liking for something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fancier One who fancies or has a special liking for, or interest in, a particular object or class or objects; hence, one who breeds and keeps for sale birds and animals; as, bird fancier, dog fancier, etc.
    • Fancier One who is governed by fancy. "Not reasoners, but fanciers ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fancier One who fancies or has a special taste or aptitude: used of one who deals in objects of fanciful taste: as, a bird-fancier; a tulip-fancier.
    • n fancier One who is under the influence of his fancy: as, “not reasoners, but fanciers,” Macaulay.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fancier one who has a special liking for anything, or who keeps a special article for sale: one who is governed by fancy
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Contracted from fantasy.


In literature:

It is a favorite resort of horse-jockeys and horse-fanciers.
"The Bay State Monthly, Volume II. No. 2, November, 1884" by Various
The head of the service is Commandant of Engineers Malagoli, one of the most distinguished of pigeon fanciers.
"Scientific American Supplement No. 819" by Various
The breeders are called fanciers.
"Outdoor Sports and Games" by Claude H. Miller
The fancier knew Mr. Rowe, and refreshed him (and us) with shandy-gaff in horn tumblers.
"A Great Emergency and Other Tales" by Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing
Of all baffled connoisseurs, surely, these Roman pig-fanciers must have looked the most confounded.
"The Uncollected Writings of Thomas de Quincey--Vol. 1" by Thomas de Quincey
The Rose Fancier's Manual.
"Rural Architecture" by Lewis Falley Allen
Equally recognizable is the older picture-fancier.
"Continental Monthly , Vol. 5, No. 6, June, 1864" by Various
We must not, however, linger too long with these singular speculations, for it is probable that phoenix-fanciers are becoming rare.
"Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)" by Leslie Stephen
Some of them was fixed up fancier but dey didn't have no more comforts than we had.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
The other idea was fancier, I agree, but it won't work.
"Gambler's World" by John Keith Laumer
If this were not so, neither picture-fanciers of his own time, nor we nowadays, should care for his works as we do.
"The Venetian Painters of the Renaissance" by Bernhard Berenson
Standing rather close around her were a half dozen men with fancier hats and ruffs and wide-flaring riding gauntlets.
"No Great Magic" by Fritz Reuter Leiber
Fanciers have long recognised the difficulty of getting this variety to breed true.
"Mendelism" by Reginald Crundall Punnett
Rick was no fish fancier, but he had to admit that this was delicious.
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine
I am not an adept, but a fancier.
"The Memoirs of Madame Vigée Lebrun" by Marie Louise Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun
Some of these breeds are maintained for show or novelty purposes only and furnish an interesting field for the fancier.
"A Living from the Land" by William B. Duryee
Most duck fanciers are also fanciers of fowls or of some other kind of poultry.
"Our Domestic Birds" by John H. Robinson
Like his elder brother, he was a horse fancier, and was a skilful driver.
"Brother Against Brother" by Oliver Optic
Some fanciers prefer 'em weedy.
"The Streets of Ascalon" by Robert W. Chambers
I don't care if he costs a little more than a horse-fancier would say was his value.
"Charles Lever, His Life in His Letters, Vol. I (of II)" by Edmund Downey Charles James Lever

In news:

Comforts and Conveniences Make Boat and RV Storage Bigger, Fancier and More Profitable.
For a crow fancier, it's a treat.
Hampden's King's, the slightly-fancier Middle Eastern annex of King's Pizza and Subs, understands that there's no shame in embracing falafel 's street-food roots.
Brigham City officer patrols in golf car t as rampant graffiti grows fancier.
"These are a way to kind of make something simple your own, and make it just a little bit fancier," said Barnes.
That's a welcome sign in Orange County, where they're financing bigger, fancier homes.
Terry Bradshaw, the Hall of Fame quarterback, television analyst and horse fancier, was stunned to learn how much money Lava Man, the star pony in trainer Doug O'Neill's barn, had earned on the racetrack.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Move over, Millionaires Row: Churchill Downs is preparing fancier digs to cater to the rich and famous at the Kentucky Derby.
Replace the Cointreau with something fancier like Grand Marnier.
But the second set of preschoolers—those who never got the better art supplies or fancier stickers because the adults failed to deliver on their promises—ate the marshmallows right away, within an average of three minutes.
There are certainly fancier seafood spots in town than L&E Oyster Bar in Silver Lake.
As the name implies, these spots are directly related to the bigger, fancier restaurants that inspire them, but with a simplified—if no less delicious—menu.
But the top-rated SUVs in our test weren't the ones pushing the price cap, so the price difference with fancier versions of others that just missed the cut is significant.
When locals feel like something fancier than Mountain Khakis, they shop at Terra for skinny jeans, printed cashmere, Tucker tops and skirts, and airy silks from Calypso alongside Robert Graham and B.D.
I've done a number of tests between simple little test strips vs the fancier, more expensive reagent test kits.

In science:

However, there is a fancier version of the Volodin category with higher homotopies.
Twisting cochains and higher torsion
Despite the mixed fortunes of leading-order BFKL, many fancier theoretical ideas are circulating.
Summary of DIS 98
We want to add here a new method, duality plus replica, which allows one to recover easily some results which are difficult to obtain by fancier methods, and provides some new results as well.
Intersection theory from duality and replica
But since the polar limit is zero and since (cid:107)(x, y)(cid:107) small implies r is small, the original limit is also zero. A fancier example features more than two square terms in the denominator.
A L'hospital's rule for multivariable functions
If G is not simply connected, then you will need much fancier (but interesting) ideas.
Quantum Groups from Path Integrals