Phantom etymology


English word phantom comes from Ancient Greek φαντάζω (phantázō - show, make visible), and later Latin phantasma (apparition, spectre, phantom., image, appearance)

Etymology of phantom

Detailed word origin of phantom

Dictionary entry Language Definition
φαντάζω Ancient Greek (grc) phantázō: show; to make visible; (passive) become visible, appear
φάντασμα Ancient Greek (grc) phantázō: phantom, apparition, ghost
phantasma Latin (lat) Apparition, spectre, phantom. Image, appearance.
fantosme Old French (fro) Ghost (apparition).
fantom Middle English (enm)
phantom English (en) An image that appears only in the mind; an illusion.. Something apparently seen, heard, or sensed, but having no physical reality; a ghost or apparition; something elusive or delusive. Fictitious or nonexistent.. Illusive.

Words with the same origin as phantom

Descendants of φαντάζω

fancy fantasy