• WordNet 3.6
    • n fantasia a musical composition of a free form usually incorporating several familiar themes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Disney's Fantasia, the Sorcerer's name is Yensid, which is Disney spelled backward.
    • n Fantasia (Mus) A continuous composition, not divided into what are called movements, or governed by the ordinary rules of musical design, but in which the author's fancy roves unrestricted by set form.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Stanford University engineers Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard started their company in a Palo Alto garage with $1,538. Their first product was an audio oscillator bought by Walt Disney studios for use in the movie Fantasia.
    • n fantasia In music: Originally, any instrumental piece.
    • n fantasia Any composition not in strict form or style, particularly when somewhat capricious.
    • n fantasia An irregular composition, consisting of well-known airs arranged with interludes and florid decorations, similar to a potpourri.
    • n fantasia Also fantasy, phantasy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The four highest grossing movies of the 1940s were all animated motion pictures by Disney (Bambi, Pinnochio, Fantasia, and Cinderella).
    • n Fantasia fan-tä′zi-a a musical composition, not governed by the ordinary musical rules.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. See Fancy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It., from Gr. phantasia. See Fancy.


In literature:

He has written many Fantasias, all of which are the delight of good Violinists.
"The Violin" by George Hart
He executed a fantasia on his horn of plenty that brought a shower of silver on the stage.
"A Fantasy of Mediterranean Travel" by S. G. Bayne
It was Shubert's Fantasia Impromptu this time, and there was absolute silence as it ended.
"Miss Pat at Artemis Lodge" by Pemberton Ginther
Here is a fantasia in the true sense of the term; form is here subservient to fancy.
"Contemporary American Composers" by Rupert Hughes
Mozart, Fantasia in C minor (from Sonata and Fantasia).
"The Masters and their Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
On Friday, the 26th of August, after a great fantasia and war-dance, Stuart Wortley's column of armed friendlies moved south.
"Khartoum Campaign, 1898" by Bennet Burleigh
This "fantasia" almost deafened the visitor.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Fantasia, "Old Hundredth Psalm" 37.
"Music and Some Highly Musical People" by James M. Trotter
The driver was performing a fantasia on his horn; the passenger was waving his cap.
"The Wolf Patrol" by John Finnemore
In due time the concert came off and a slender, blue eyed girl hardly four feet high appeared and played a fantasia or themes from Somnambula.
"Camilla: A Tale of a Violin" by Charles Barnard

In news:

'American Idol' Fantasia Barrino is out of Soul of the City.
Perry Walker band performs with Fantasia at Essence.
Last week brought two phenomena back to the Hollywood Bowl: Walt Disney's Fantasia and conductor John Mauceri.
Fantasia Barrino opted out of the Grammy's after being snubbed for the Aretha Franklin tribute.
At least it was to Fantasia Barrino, who refused to attend the awards show because she was left out of the Aretha Franklin tribute.
Walt Disney Studios animator worked on ' Fantasia ' and 'Bambi'.
Fantasia Barrino has built quite a résumé since winning it all on American Idol in 2004.
Fantasia at DAR Constitution Hall.
Fantasia seemed out of sorts on Tuesday night.
Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course.
Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 are newly available in a 4-disc Blu-ray/DVD edition.
Sex tape, divorce accusations dog "Idol's" Fantasia .
"American Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino.