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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or suggestive of dreams.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to dreams.
  • adj. Resembling a dream; dreamlike.

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

  • adj. of or relating to or suggestive of dreams


Greek oneiros, dream + -ic.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From oneir- + -ic. (Wiktionary)



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  • "There were other cities and countries and continents in these dreams. Some were doubtless dreamlands born behind flickering eyelids. Others seemed references: oneiric nods to solid places, cities and towns and villages as real as New Crobuzon, with architecture and argots that Isaac had not seen or heard." From Perdido Street Station by China Mieville.

    December 6, 2011

  • Cool word! Now how to fit this one into a conversation.. "I had the weirdest oneiric vision last night as I was speelping"

    June 20, 2009

  • an excellent word. It is interesting that English adjectives deriving from "dream" cannot really be used to talk about actual dreaming: "dreamy" and "dreamlike" both mean something quite different from "relating to dreaming". This is where "oneiric" comes in handy: oneiric images, oneiric symbols, the oneiric dimension, an oneiric situation. Sometimes using "dream" as an adjective works, but at other times that can be confusing.

    December 27, 2007

  • purple and dark red word (yes, I think words have colors).

    September 28, 2007

  • oneiric a dream word

    January 13, 2007