Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “phantom”

phantom

noun [C] uk   /ˈfæn.təm/ us    /-t̬əm/
a spirit of a dead person believed by some to visit the living as a pale, almost transparent form of a person, animal, or other object
Synonym
Souls, spirits and ghosts

phantom

adjective [before noun] uk   /ˈfæn.təm/ us    /-t̬əm/
like a ghost: A phantom coach is said to pass through the grounds of this house when there's a full moon.humorous The phantom wine-drinker has been around (= an unknown person has been drinking the wine)!Unreal things and unreality describes something that you imagine exists or that appears to exist, although in fact it does not: Although she had to have her leg amputated, she still feels as though she's got a phantom limb. They discovered it was a phantom organization set up for the processing of drug profits.UK Although she grew bigger, she later discovered it was a phantom (US false) pregnancy.Unreal things and unreality
(Definition of phantom from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of phantom?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “phantom” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

bitter

a type of dark brown beer with a bitter taste

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More