How do you say GHOST in Italian?

Ghost in Italian


Fantasma is how you say ghost in Italian. It is easy to remember it if you associate it with phantom.

OriginFrom the Greek word phántasma, which comes from phaínō, “monster”


Ghost in Italian: Different forms

Like most nouns in Italian, fantasma has two articles (definite or indefinite articles) and two numbers (singular or plural).

Un fantasma
A ghost

Dei fantasmi
Some ghosts

Il fantasma
The ghost

I fantasmi
The ghosts

a haunted cave with ghosts

Ghost in Italian: Examples

I fantasmi non esistono.
Ghosts don’t exist.

Hai mai visto un fantasma?
Have you ever seen a ghost?

La villa sulla collina è infestata dai fantasmi.
The mansion on the hill is haunted by ghosts.

Si dice che ci siano dei fantasmi in quel cimitero.
It is said that there are ghosts in that graveyard.

a tomb and some bats

Ghost in Italian: Expressions

There are a number of idiomatic expressions featuring the word for ghost in Italian. For example:

Arto fantasma
Phantom limb

L’arto fantasma è una strana sensazione.
The phantom limb is a strange sensation.

Governo fantasma
(A government that is not officially recognized, a shadow government)

Un governo fantasma è illegale.
A shadow government is illegal.

Città fantasma
Ghost town

Craco è una città fantasma.
Craco is a ghost town.

a ghost town at night

There is also the expression essere il fantasma di sé stessi, to be the shadow of one’s self.

Dopo la lunga malattia, Michele è diventato il fantasma di sé stesso.
After the long illness, Michele became the ghost of himself.

We also describe people as being ghosts when they are exceptionally pale with the expression sembrare un fantasma, “to look like a ghost”.

Perché sei così pallido? Sembri un fantasma!
Why are you so pale? You look like a ghost!

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