from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One whose conduct is influenced by ideals that often conflict with practical considerations.
- n. One who is unrealistic and impractical; a visionary.
- n. An artist or writer whose work is imbued with idealism.
- n. An adherent of any system of philosophical idealism.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One who adheres to idealism.
- n. Someone whose conduct stems from idealism rather than from practicality.
- n. An unrealistic or impractical visionary.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who idealizes; one who forms picturesque fancies; one given to romantic expectations.
- n. One who holds the doctrine of idealism, in any sense. In senses 4 and 5 of idealism, opposed to
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who holds some form of the philosophical doctrine of idealism: opposed to realist.
- n. One who pursues or dwells upon the ideal; a seeker after the highest beauty or good.
- n. An imaginative, unpractical person; a day-dreamer.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone guided more by ideals than by practical considerations
From French idéaliste, from Late Latin idealis ("ideal"), from Latin idea ("idea"). (Wiktionary)