Definition of dreamer in English:



  • 1A person who dreams or is dreaming.

    • ‘The dreamer, the visionary seer, not only sees, but does something, makes something.’
    • ‘Vishnu is pictured as the divine dreamer of the world dream.’
    • ‘He was a regular dreamer but this particular vision would kick-start the rest of his career - Marilyn Monroe dressed in paper.’
    • ‘And then I see the writing on the balcony valance: ‘We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams.’’
    • ‘But MD succeeds in situating women as both dreamers and the dreamed, his examination of the desiring-trajectories of Hollywood's factory of dreams, succeeded in a way that Blackeyes never did.’
    • ‘‘It's one indication that this dream lag effect is occurring in the minds of dreamers whose dreams seem to have for them some kind of constructive effect,’ said Kuiken.’
    • ‘I'm a lucid dreamer so my dreams can get stranger still as I manipulate them.’
    • ‘Some New Age lucid dreamers, however, believe that lucid dreaming is essential for self-improvement and personal growth.’
    1. 1.1A person who is unpractical or idealistic.
      ‘a rebellious young dreamer’
      • ‘But adults often say that idealism is for dreamers.’
      • ‘Advocates are considered, at best, idealistic dreamers who can't accept the harsh reality of the world, or at times, simply a mere irritation.’
      • ‘He is also an idealist and a dreamer, and getting away from the bright lights to breathe the fresh air and be close to nature is his idea of bliss.’
      • ‘In any case reality is the opposite of what the world needs, especially in times of turmoil; we need more dreamers, more idealists untouched by the rules that so govern us.’
      • ‘But those people aren't looking for idealistic dreamers; they want to be confident that their capital is going to be conserved.’
      • ‘These groups and leaders are neither idealistic dreamers nor neo-hippie do-gooders.’
      • ‘But young Noel was a dreamer, a loner, a defiant reader.’
      • ‘There is a dynamic mix of industry veterans who have helped pioneer digital technologies, and a regular influx of ambitious and talented young dreamers who are relocating here from around the world.’
      • ‘In middle school, the dreams were tempered and explored, and reality formally introduced itself to the young dreamers with disillusionment and pressures both social and academic.’
      • ‘He was knighted by King George VI, and today a memorial lies in Westminster Abbey - an inspiration to young dreamers everywhere.’
      • ‘He even sees something of himself in Jan - he, too, used to be a dreamer, an angry young man, and he, too, wanted to change the world before real life got in the way.’
      • ‘Melanie cleans office buildings but dreams of a better life that Teddo, an idealistic and impractical dreamer, cannot provide.’
      • ‘‘We were considered the clowns, the dreamers, the romantics,’ he adds.’
      • ‘Thus, the proponents of local self-government have been cast in the role of reactionaries or Utopian dreamers who fail to understand the principles of modern government.’
      • ‘Although modernism has its share of utopian dreamers, many artists of the past century have instead celebrated the fragmentary and the glimpsed.’
      • ‘She prefers to skewer her opponents on the end of a rapier wit, whether it's bolshie feminists, exploitive therapists, or madcap utopian dreamers.’
      • ‘This is a beautiful record for hopeless romantics and dreamers - don't let the cynics tell you otherwise.’
      • ‘Nothing will bring a romantic dreamer down to reality faster than the bug, and every biting insect seems to visit us in turn.’
      • ‘I am a romantic, and a dreamer, and all those things that the world despises.’
      • ‘He is known for innovative and fairly dark games and is a perpetual dreamer who has fantastic ideas.’
      fantasist, fantasizer, daydreamer
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    (also DREAMer, Dreamer)
    US A person who has lived in the US without official authorization since coming to the country as a minor. People of this description who met certain conditions would be eligible for a special immigration status under federal legislation first proposed in 2001.

    ‘she found out the Department of Transportation was not going to grant driving licences to DREAMers’