- almost impossible to believe; incredible.
- Informal. exceptionally good or unusual; marvelous; superb: a fabulous bargain; a fabulous new house.
- told about in fables; purely imaginary: the fabulous exploits of Hercules.
- known about only through myths or legends.
Origin of fabulous
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Examples from the Web for fabulous
In the meantime, who better to convey the film's appeal than Pauline Kael, the fabulous longtime New Yorker movie critic.The Stacks: Pauline Kael's Talking Heads Obsession
November 22, 2014
“Along came Oscar and Annette, his fabulous wife,” Mrs. Clinton said.Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta, American Great, Dead at 82
October 21, 2014
But in Jersey City the fight goes on, with fabulous organ accompaniment.6 Must-Read Stories of Blondie, Spies and Riotous Feminists: The Best of The Beast
The Daily Beast
October 4, 2014
One can only hope that their life together is even a fraction as fabulous as their wedding.An Affair to Remember for George and Amal
Barbie Latza Nadeau
September 29, 2014
Meredith did some high-kicking with the Rockettes, and then breezed through a checklist of daytime staples: Fabulous prizes?Will Meredith Vieira Ever Stop Crying? Her Emotional Daytime TV Debut
September 8, 2014
He also gave me an admirable chameleon, a prehistoric, fabulous sort of animal.My Double Life
Arthur was a Celt, and may have been a fabulous Celt; but he was a fable on the right side.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
It must have been a strike of fabulous proportions that had caused this excitement.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
The seed of the unknown was sown, and would grow into a crop of fabulous magnitude.Fruitfulness
He knew, also, that this fabulous creature was bent on destroying him.The Planetoid of Peril
- almost unbelievable; astounding; legendaryfabulous wealth
- informal extremely gooda fabulous time at the party
- of, relating to, or based upon fablea fabulous beast
Word Origin and History for fabulous
early 15c., "mythical, legendary," from Latin fabulosus "celebrated in fable; rich in myths," from fabula (see fable (n.)).
Sense of "incredible" first recorded c.1600. Slang shortening fab first recorded 1957; popularized in reference to The Beatles, c.1963.
Fabulous (often contracted to fab(s)) and fantastic are also in that long list of words which boys and girls use for a time to express high commendation and then get tired of, such as, to go no farther back than the present century, topping, spiffing, ripping, wizard, super, posh, smashing. [Gower's 1965 revision of Fowler's "Modern English Usage"]