fabulous

adjective
fab·​u·​lous | \ ˈfa-byə-ləs \

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

Synonyms

fabled, legendary, mythical (or mythic)

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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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Use it to craft up something fa-la-la-la-fabulous, or gift it to a youngster for endless playtime fun. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Joanna Gaines' New Dollhouse Will Be Target's Most Popular Christmas Gift This Year," 1 Nov. 2018 Josie, Betty, and Cheryl showed up looking fabulous, as always. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Here’s Where You Can Buy All The Gorgeous Dresses From This Week's "Riverdale" Episode," 26 Oct. 2018 Rosé and bubbly by the glass is well represented on this wine list, but the cocktails are fabulous, too. Adele Chapin, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 10 Best Rooftop Bars in Washington, D.C.," 12 July 2018 And on the Other Side of Town Award Chicago’s Sweetwater Foundation had community members hand-build a fabulous translucent barn on its communal garden space. Mark Lamster, Curbed, "2018 in architecture: The good, the bad, and the urbanism," 27 Dec. 2018 The Mandarin Oriental, Milan has a fabulous bar and wonderful exterior terrace, but the Grand Hotel et de Milan is the most authentic. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Industrial Designer Marc Newson Shares His Tips On Milan," 20 Dec. 2018 And it definitely won’t be accompanied by the same fabulous GIFs and fanart. Aja Romano, Vox, "Tumblr’s adult content ban is already harming the site’s vibrant community.," 5 Dec. 2018 In addition to looking fabulous at the party, the Stranger Things actors also appeared to be having a great time celebrating their four Emmys nominations (Millie Bobby Brown is nominated for best supporting actress!). Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Millie Bobby Brown and Sadie Sink Were Homecoming Outfit Goals at a Pre-Emmy's Party," 17 Sep. 2018 That was fabulous to have Virginie [Viard] and Amanda Harlech guide us through that. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Watch the Trailer for 7 Days Out, the New Netflix Series That Goes Inside a Chanel Couture Show and Other Landmark Events," 11 Dec. 2018

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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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fabulous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of fabulous

: very good

: very large in amount or size

: not real : told about in a story

fabulous

adjective
fab·​u·​lous | \ ˈfa-byə-ləs \

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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