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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So that meant looking fabulous, flying in on a case, saving any given situation, making sure that the boys stayed on point. Kathryn Shattuck, New York Times, "Gina Torres on ‘Suits,’ Meghan Markle and ‘Pearson’," 12 July 2019 The game was more difficult than expected, which was fabulous. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Greatest version of greatest women’s team ever: US wins fourth World Cup," 7 July 2019 Her recently-announced beau, Ashley Benson, was also in attendance and looked equally fabulous. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "From Kendall Jenner to Zendaya, Peep Our Best Outfit Picks Of The Week," 21 June 2019 But anthocyanins are also far less stable in warm temperatures than in cold, which explains why your Japanese maple that looked fabulous during spring’s cooler temperatures looks a bit muddy later in the summer. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Why do some garden leaves turn green, white and yellow? Foliage decoded," 14 June 2019 Kate Bock's quintessentially Veuve Clicquot color palette looks equally fabulous in this sunny living room. Laurel Benedum, ELLE Decor, "7 Decadent Rooms Inspired By This Weekend's Chicest Celebrity Outfits," 4 June 2019 Read on for how to make sure that your gray hair looks fabulous. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "How to Properly Take Care of Graying Hair," 4 June 2019 So, yeah, to be gay and fabulous during pride month at the World Cup is nice. Alicia Delgallo, Pro Soccer USA, "U.S. star Megan Rapinoe: Love, not hate motivated World Cup win over France," 30 June 2019 Everyone had a fabulous time and purchased custom Easter gifts at the Boutique for their special people. Helen Williams, nola.com, "Timberlane commission stays busy to protect future of country club," 14 June 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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More Definitions for fabulous

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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