Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

fancy - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

adjective fancy pronunciation in American English /ˈfænsi/
Word Forms
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    not plain or simple but with a lot of decorations or extra parts
    I wanted just a plain handbag, nothing fancy.
    The camera comes with a fancy leather case.
  2. 3
    intended to seem impressive, important, or clever
    The candidate’s fancy words lost more votes than they gained.
  3. 4
    expensive, popular, and fashionable
    We stayed at some fancy hotel in the center of London.
    children who are sent to fancy private schools


a fashion trend in which people intentionally wear ordinary, inexpensive, widely-available clothing

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


a flower or small bunch of flowers worn on the lapel of a jacket on special occasions

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog