- celebrated in fables: a fabled goddess of the wood.
- having no real existence; fictitious: a fabled chest of gold.
Origin of fabled
- a short tale to teach a moral lesson, often with animals or inanimate objects as characters; apologue: the fable of the tortoise and the hare; Aesop's fables.
- a story not founded on fact: This biography is largely a self-laudatory fable.
- a story about supernatural or extraordinary persons or incidents; legend: the fables of gods and heroes.
- legends or myths collectively: the heroes of Greek fable.
- an untruth; falsehood: This boast of a cure is a medical fable.
- the plot of an epic, a dramatic poem, or a play.
- idle talk: old wives' fables.
- to tell or write fables.
- to speak falsely; lie: to fable about one's past.
- to describe as if actually so; talk about as if true: She is fabled to be the natural daughter of a king.
Origin of fable
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Examples from the Web for fabled
By the numbers, in fact, the 2000s were the least bad decade for American family stability since the fabled 1950s.I Was Wrong About Same-Sex Marriage
March 26, 2013
Watch the newsreel below and observe a fabled minute in the life and times of Marty Reisman, who died on Friday at age 81.Marty Reisman: The Magical Hustler Who Saved a Classic Game
December 10, 2012
From the Wall Street Journal, a tale that makes Mitt Romney's fabled haircut seem tame by comparison.Man Named Mullet Convicted of Hate Crime in Ohio's Amish Country
September 21, 2012
With a fabled witch on her trail, student filmmaker Heather Donahue decides to film herself.Growgirl: Heather Donahue’s Journey From ‘Blair Witch’ to Growing Marijuana
January 6, 2012
By focusing on the contact sheet this book provides insight into the creative and editing process of these fabled artists.Best Coffee Table Books 2011
December 22, 2011
They were fabled as seven sisters, and one lost her place in the sky by marrying a mortal.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
A kind of celestial beings, which are fabled by the Hindoos.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
For I may as well let you into the secret; this was not the fabled lake after all.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
I could have fancied him a fabled pirate of the Spanish Main.
One by one she could appraise her own possessions, and those they fabled of her.Little Novels of Italy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
- made famous in fable
- a short moral story, esp one with animals as characters
- a false, fictitious, or improbable account; fiction or lie
- a story or legend about supernatural or mythical characters or events
- legends or myths collectivelyRelated adjective: fabulous
- archaic the plot of a play or of an epic or dramatic poem
- to relate or tell (fables)
- (intr) to speak untruthfully; tell lies
- (tr) to talk about or describe in the manner of a fableghosts are fabled to appear at midnight
Word Origin and History for fabled
c.1600, "unreal, invented," past participle adjective from fable (v.) "to tell tales" (late 14c.), from Old French fabler, from Latin fabulari, from fabula (see fable). Meaning "celebrated in fable" is from 1706.
c.1300, "falsehood, lie, pretense," from Old French fable (12c.) "story, fable, tale; fiction, lie, falsehood," from Latin fabula "story, play, fable, narrative, account, tale," literally "that which is told," related to fari "speak, tell," from PIE root *bha- (2) "speak" (see fame (n.)). Sense of "animal story" (early 14c.) comes from Aesop. In modern folklore terms, defined as "a short, comic tale making a moral point about human nature, usually through animal characters behaving in human ways." Most trace to Greece or India.