Fabian

adjective
Fa·​bi·​an | \ ˈfā-bē-ən How to pronounce Fabian (audio) \

Definition of Fabian

1a : of, relating to, or in the manner of the Roman general Quintus Fabius Maximus known for his defeat of Hannibal in the Second Punic War by the avoidance of decisive contests
2 [the Fabian Society; from the members' belief in slow rather than revolutionary change in government] : of, relating to, or being a society of socialists organized in England in 1884 to spread socialist principles gradually

Other Words from Fabian

Fabian noun
Fabianism \ ˈfā-​bē-​ə-​ˌni-​zəm How to pronounce Fabian (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of Fabian

1638, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Learn More About Fabian

Dictionary Entries Near Fabian

fabe

Fabian

fabiform

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for Fabian

Cite this Entry

“Fabian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Fabian. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Which Word Does Not Belong?

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!