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

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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Of course, floating space colonies is great science-fiction fodder, and for decades authors and directors have recreated these worlds as fabulous utopias—and sinister machines. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Why the World's Richest Man Wants Humans To Live on Floating Space Cities," 10 May 2019 There are some places that have been there for years that are just getting discovered, like Taqueria Jalisco and Rincon Limeño, a fabulous Peruvian place. Michael Floreak, BostonGlobe.com, "Q&A with Jaqueline Neves, author and influencer," 2 July 2018 On the night of the Met Gala, Pose star Billy Porter shut down the red carpet with one of the most fabulous entrances of all time. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Watch Billy Porter Become a Glittering “Sun God” for the Met Gala," 8 May 2019 Getty Images Drum roll, please: The most fabulous day in fashion is finally here, friends. Ahem, the Met Gala, of course. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Miley Cyrus Cut Her Hair in Preparation for the 2019 Met Gala," 6 May 2019 Room to Book The most fabulous feature that André Fu gave the Astoria Suite at the new Waldorf Astoria are the long windows that look out on Bangkok’s Lumpini district. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Mini Black Book: Bangkok," 16 Nov. 2018 After all, the best revenge is to just go on living your fabulous, successful life. Gigi Engle, Marie Claire, "How to Get Over a Breakup Without Falling into a Dark Pit of Despair," 1 Nov. 2017 Aesthetics aside, the cream's formula is fabulous, too. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Tatcha Just Launched Its First-Ever Neck Cream, the Ageless Revitalizing Neck Cream," 19 Mar. 2019 Regardless of the timing, the royals looked fabulous for thier gathering in Buckingham Palace. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, Prince William, and Prince Harry Gather in Buckingham Palace," 5 Mar. 2019

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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
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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