Fancy ball
Fancy Fan"cy, a. 1. Adapted to please the fancy or taste, especially when of high quality or unusually appealing; ornamental; as, fancy goods; fancy clothes. [1913 Webster]

2. Extravagant; above real value. [1913 Webster]

This anxiety never degenerated into a monomania, like that which led his [Frederick the Great's] father to pay fancy prices for giants. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

{Fancy ball}, a ball in which porsons appear in fanciful dresses in imitation of the costumes of different persons and nations.

{Fancy fair}, a fair at which articles of fancy and ornament are sold, generally for some charitable purpose.

{Fancy goods}, fabrics of various colors, patterns, etc., as ribbons, silks, laces, etc., in distinction from those of a simple or plain color or make.

{Fancy line} (Naut.), a line rove through a block at the jaws of a gaff; -- used to haul it down.

{Fancy roller} (Carding Machine), a clothed cylinder (usually having straight teeth) in front of the doffer.

{Fancy stocks}, a species of stocks which afford great opportunity for stock gambling, since they have no intrinsic value, and the fluctuations in their prices are artificial.

{Fancy store}, one where articles of fancy and ornament are sold.

{Fancy woods}, the more rare and expensive furniture woods, as mahogany, satinwood, rosewood, etc. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • fancy ball — noun see fancy dress ball * * * fancy dress ball or fancy ball noun A ball at which fancy dress is worn • • • Main Entry: ↑fancy * * * fancy ball, a ball at which fancy dress is worn …   Useful english dictionary

  • fancy ball — masquerade, dance where people wear masks and fancy disguises …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Fancy — Fan cy, a. 1. Adapted to please the fancy or taste, especially when of high quality or unusually appealing; ornamental; as, fancy goods; fancy clothes. [1913 Webster] 2. Extravagant; above real value. [1913 Webster] This anxiety never degenerated …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fancy fair — Fancy Fan cy, a. 1. Adapted to please the fancy or taste, especially when of high quality or unusually appealing; ornamental; as, fancy goods; fancy clothes. [1913 Webster] 2. Extravagant; above real value. [1913 Webster] This anxiety never… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fancy goods — Fancy Fan cy, a. 1. Adapted to please the fancy or taste, especially when of high quality or unusually appealing; ornamental; as, fancy goods; fancy clothes. [1913 Webster] 2. Extravagant; above real value. [1913 Webster] This anxiety never… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fancy line — Fancy Fan cy, a. 1. Adapted to please the fancy or taste, especially when of high quality or unusually appealing; ornamental; as, fancy goods; fancy clothes. [1913 Webster] 2. Extravagant; above real value. [1913 Webster] This anxiety never… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fancy roller — Fancy Fan cy, a. 1. Adapted to please the fancy or taste, especially when of high quality or unusually appealing; ornamental; as, fancy goods; fancy clothes. [1913 Webster] 2. Extravagant; above real value. [1913 Webster] This anxiety never… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fancy stocks — Fancy Fan cy, a. 1. Adapted to please the fancy or taste, especially when of high quality or unusually appealing; ornamental; as, fancy goods; fancy clothes. [1913 Webster] 2. Extravagant; above real value. [1913 Webster] This anxiety never… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fancy store — Fancy Fan cy, a. 1. Adapted to please the fancy or taste, especially when of high quality or unusually appealing; ornamental; as, fancy goods; fancy clothes. [1913 Webster] 2. Extravagant; above real value. [1913 Webster] This anxiety never… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fancy woods — Fancy Fan cy, a. 1. Adapted to please the fancy or taste, especially when of high quality or unusually appealing; ornamental; as, fancy goods; fancy clothes. [1913 Webster] 2. Extravagant; above real value. [1913 Webster] This anxiety never… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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