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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Phan"tom
That which has only an apparent existence; an apparition; a specter; a phantasm; a sprite; an airy spirit; an ideal image.

Etymology: OE. fantome fantosme fantesme, OF. fantôme, fr. L. phantasma, Gr. �, fr. � to show. See Fancy, and cf. Phaëton Phantasm Phase

adjective Phan"tom
Being, or of the nature of, a phantom.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Something existing in perception only
  2. A ghostly appearing figure
  3. Something apparently sensed but having no physical reality ("seemed to hear faint phantom bells" and "the amputee's illusion of a phantom limb")

From Middle English fantom, fantum, from Old French fantosme, from Latin phantasma, from Ancient Greek φάντασμα (phántasma).

  1. Something apparently seen, heard, or sensed, but having no physical reality; a ghost or apparition; something elusive or delusive.
  2. An image that appears only in the mind; an illusion.

Notable Persons Named Phantom

Phantom Rider is a comics character.



Phantom Eagle is a comics character.



Phantom Jack is a comics character.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Phantom


Slim Jim Phantom is a rockabilly, rock, roll, and psychobilly musician. He was most prominent from 1979 to present. Slim was given the name James McDonnell on March 21st, 1961 in Brooklyn, New York City, United States. Slim is also known as Slim Jim Phantom.


Blonde Phantom is a comics character.


Thee Phantom is a hip hop music musician. Thee was given the name Jeffrey M. McNeill in Philadelphia. Thee is also known as Thee Phantom.


Fun Facts about the name Phantom

  • When was the first name Phantom first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Phantom is Sunday, January 30th, 1898.
  • How unique is the name Phantom? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Phantom. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Phantom: Your name in reverse order is Motnahp. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Moahnpt. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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