fantasia

fantasia

[fan-tey-zhuh, -zhee-uh, fan-tuh-zee-uh]
noun
1.
Music.
a.
a composition in fanciful or irregular form or style.
b.
a potpourri of well-known airs arranged with interludes and florid embellishments.
2.
fantasy ( def 9 ).
3.
something considered to be unreal, weird, exotic, or grotesque.

Origin:
1715–25; < Italian; see fantasy

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fantasia (fænˈteɪzɪə, ˌfæntəˈzɪə)
 
n
1.  any musical composition of a free or improvisatory nature
2.  a potpourri of popular tunes woven freely into a loosely bound composition
3.  another word for fancy
 
[C18: from Italian: fancy; see fantasy]

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fantasia
"musical composition that sounds extemporaneous," 1724, from It. fantasia, from L. phantasia (see fantasy).
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