Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A free composition structured according to the composer's fancy.
  • noun A medley of familiar themes, with variations and interludes.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In music: Originally, any instrumental piece.
  • noun Any composition not in strict form or style, particularly when somewhat capricious.
  • noun An irregular composition, consisting of well-known airs arranged with interludes and florid decorations, similar to a potpourri.
  • noun Also fantasy, phantasy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun music An unstructured orchestral composition.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a musical composition of a free form usually incorporating several familiar themes

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Italian, from Latin phantasia, fantasy; see fantasy.]

Examples

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  • Recorded in fantasound.

    March 20, 2009

  • context: Beethoven's "Quasi una fantasia"

    April 22, 2009

  • fantasia - rite of spring

    March 3, 2013