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

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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 A day of cruising the Mediterranean and Bay of Biscay provides time to enjoy the amenities of the fabulous new ship. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "12 Amazing Cruises You Can Book Now for 2021," 31 May 2020 All of these fabulous reform movements that blossomed out of that, from the women’s rights-movements, the good-government movement to the environmental movement. The Atlantic, "Listen: Is America Going to Make It?," 30 May 2020 The fabulous Ferrari F355 produces just 107.3 horses per liter from its five-valve V-8. Barry Winfield, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1997 Acura Integra Type R Rewards VTEC Enthusiasts in a Major Way," 21 May 2020 Amid the global pandemic, the 26-year-old has been keeping the head-turning looks coming with her wardrobe of fabulous wigs. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Keke Palmer Is The Queen Of Quarantine Beauty Looks," 18 May 2020 Expect jaw-dropping twists in 'Au Pair Nightmare' Luckily for Taylor, Emily sneaks down the stairs of the fabulous modern mansion and takes an instant shine to Taylor. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Red flags and melodrama: 'Au Pair Nightmare' is the Lifetime-iest kind of Lifetime movie," 14 May 2020 Cards, flowers, and luxury beauty products are all fabulous options. Michelle Santiago Cortés, refinery29.com, "Mother’s Day Deals & Freebies For A Perfect Celebration," 10 May 2020 Getty Images To commemorate the fabulous second birthday of Prince Louis, the Palace released photos of the little Cambridge kid. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "Royal Fans Insist Prince Louis Looks Just Like Kate Middleton's Dad Michael," 23 Apr. 2020 But in the end, someone must have shown up with with some eyeliner and mascara, since the look turned out fabulous. Time, "Rita Wilson's Golden Globes Glam Squad Was Nowhere To Be Found, and the Internet Was Rapt," 6 Jan. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fabulous. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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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


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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