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[dree-mer] /ˈdri mər/
a person who dreams.
a person who lives in a world of fantasy; one who is impractical and unrealistic.
a person whose ideas or projects are considered audacious or highly speculative; visionary.
Origin of dreamer
1250-1300; Middle English. See dream, er1 Unabridged
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  • At the northeastern border of the park is the former home of another dreamer.
  • Sam appears to be a dreamer lost in his imaginary world, but still with good business and people manipulation skills.
  • Others label him a dreamer, or worse, a pyramid buff with loony ideas.
  • Though it may seem a stretch to suggest that the mind of a dreamer could be read in this way, it is not.
  • And first, not all dreams are so foreign to the character of the dreamer, are incomprehensible and confused.
  • He certainly must not become a mere dreamer, or believe that his dreams will help him in practical action.
  • The dreamer sees him lying on the bed with a wound over his left eyebrow, which runs off vertically.
  • On the face of it, that the dreamer dreams the dreams is a tautology.
  • Reading his diaries and letters, you are struck by how outward-turning and observant this reclusive dreamer was.
  • He was certainly no dreamer, and incorrectly extrapolated his limited understanding of physics.
British Dictionary definitions for dreamer


a person who dreams habitually
a person who lives in or escapes to a world of fantasy or illusion; escapist
(archaic) a prophet; visionary
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Word Origin and History for dreamer

c.1300, "one who dreams," agent noun from dream (v.). Meaning "idler, daydreamer" emerged by 1530s. Old English dreamere meant "musician."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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