fabulous

adjective
fab·​u·​lous | \ ˈfa-byə-ləs How to pronounce fabulous (audio) \

Definition of fabulous

1a : resembling or suggesting a fable : of an incredible, astonishing, or exaggerated nature fabulous wealth
b : wonderful, marvelous had a fabulous time a fabulous view from the summit
2 : told in or based on fable fabulous dragons

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Other Words from fabulous

fabulously adverb
fabulousness noun

Synonyms for fabulous

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fictitious, fabulous, legendary, mythical, apocryphal mean having the nature of something imagined or invented. fictitious implies fabrication and suggests artificiality or contrivance more than deliberate falsification or deception. fictitious characters fabulous stresses the marvelous or incredible character of something without necessarily implying impossibility or actual nonexistence. a land of fabulous riches legendary suggests the elaboration of invented details and distortion of historical facts produced by popular tradition. the legendary exploits of Davy Crockett mythical implies a purely fanciful explanation of facts or the creation of beings and events out of the imagination. mythical creatures apocryphal implies an unknown or dubious source or origin or may imply that the thing itself is dubious or inaccurate. a book that repeats many apocryphal stories

The Meaning of Fabulous Before It Meant ‘Great’

Most of us use the word fabulous in an entirely positive sense, with the meaning “wonderful” or “marvelous.” This is an entirely acceptable way to use the word, but it is by no means the sense that fabulous had when it entered the English language: its original meaning was “characteristic of fables” (a fable is “an invented tale”). In that sense, "the fabulous legends of Arabia" refers to legends based upon fable rather than notably excellent legends. The semantic drift that fabulous has undergone is not at all uncommon in language, and we see comparable developments in words of similar in meaning. Fantastic previously meant “of, belonging to, or constituting fantasy”; awesome initially had the sole meaning “expressive of awe” (and many people wish that it still did); and terrific meant “terrible, terrifying” long before it meant “splendid.”

Examples of fabulous in a Sentence

I had a fabulous time. The weather has been fabulous. He is making fabulous amounts of money.
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Recent Examples on the Web That is due in large part to the compassionate nature that people have, the help that the community provided and, to be honest with you, a fabulous staff. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "Animal Care Services says service calls are up but intakes are down amid coronavirus in San Antonio," 10 Sep. 2020 Priyanka's Canadian bacon hasn't even finished sizzling, but another crop of fabulous Drag Race queens is already primed to sashay to the global stage. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Meet the flying Dutchwomen of RuPaul's Drag Race Holland season 1," 7 Sep. 2020 Your last chance to play along and win fabulous prizes and bragging rights. Star Tribune, "Daily Guide, Sunday, September 6," 6 Sep. 2020 Some have reasoned that if the company meets those targets, Musk’s compensation wouldn’t matter because shareholders would also reap fabulous returns. Brandon Kochkodin, Bloomberg.com, "Elon Musk’s Option Haul Swells to Almost $9 Billion With Third Payout," 4 Sep. 2020 Plus, waking up to a fabulous freshly ground cup of joe on your trip? Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "The best coffee grinders of 2020," 4 Sep. 2020 Ripe tomatoes are fabulous in the chopped salad that’s ubiquitous on Levantine tables, including Palestinian ones. Leslie Brenner, Dallas News, "9 brilliant ways to enjoy tomatoes bursting with flavor," 26 Aug. 2020 Play along for fabulous prize packs and bragging rights. Staff Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Daily Guide, Wednesday, September 2," 2 Sep. 2020 Charles Oakley is in the mix as well, as is Catfish co-creator Nev Schulman, Selling Sunset's Chrishell Stause, and our early pick to take it all, the absolutely fabulous two-time Olympic skater and LGBTQ activist Johnny Weir. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "'Dancing With the Stars' Lineup Is Ready to Make It 'Hot in Herre' With Nelly, AJ McLean & More," 2 Sep. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'fabulous.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of fabulous

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fabulous

Middle English fabulous, fabulose "legendary, mythical," borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French fabuleux, borrowed from Latin fābulōsus "celebrated in legend, resembling an invented story, mythical," from fābula "talk, account, fable entry 1" + -ōsus -ous

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The first known use of fabulous was in the 15th century

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18 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Fabulous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fabulous. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for fabulous

fabulous

adjective
How to pronounce fabulous (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of fabulous

: very good
: very large in amount or size
literary : not real : told about in a story

fabulous

adjective
fab·​u·​lous | \ ˈfa-byə-ləs How to pronounce fabulous (audio) \

Kids Definition of fabulous

1 : extremely good a fabulous trip
2 : very great in amount or size fabulous wealth
3 : told in or based on fable fabulous creatures

Other Words from fabulous

fabulously adverb a fabulously successful singer

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