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

Choose the Right Synonym for fabulous

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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Looking fabulous as always, J.Lo rocked a hot-pink one-piece and a fedora while lounging on the beach with her boo. Rita Thompson, Billboard, "Jennifer Lopez & Alex Rodriguez Cuddle Up for an Adorable Moment on the Beach," 5 July 2018 Hot time: Any evening performance, but Saturdays are always a fabulous show with plenty of classic older performers strutting their stuff. Emma Silvers, San Francisco Chronicle, "Your guide to the best bars to hit on Pride weekend," 14 June 2018 Mirabelli, a Texas A&M recruit, has fashioned a fabulous senior season. Phil Anastasia, Philly.com, "Rancocas Valley javelin star Nick Mirabelli is ready for Saturday's Meet of Champions," 7 June 2018 That bracket looks fabulous on Thursday morning and then the games begin. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Here is how Arizona's loss destroyed most NCAA Tournament brackets | The Kansas City Star," 16 Mar. 2018 Dress code: Neighborhood casual or neighborhood fabulous, a mix. Emma Silvers, San Francisco Chronicle, "Your guide to the best bars to hit on Pride weekend," 14 June 2018 Barbara Bush was a fabulous first lady and a woman unlike any other who brought us levity, love and literacy to millions. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "The Trumps, Clintons, and Obamas Remember Barbara Bush," 18 Apr. 2018 Homeland Security @SecNielsen did a fabulous job yesterday at the press conference explaining security at the border and for our country, while at the same time recommending changes to obsolete & nasty laws, which force family separation. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Protesters Crash Kirstjen Nielsen’s Dinner at a Mexican Restaurant," 20 June 2018 But, a lot of times, just pitching multiple innings, Jorge has done a fabulous job with that. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Notes: Brandon Woodruff back for fifth stint with Brewers as shuffle of arms continues," 13 July 2018

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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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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