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fabulous

[fab-yuh-luh s] /ˈfæb yə ləs/
adjective
1.
almost impossible to believe; incredible.
2.
Informal. exceptionally good or unusual; marvelous; superb:
a fabulous bargain; a fabulous new house.
3.
told about in fables; purely imaginary:
the fabulous exploits of Hercules.
4.
known about only through myths or legends.
Origin of fabulous
1540-1550
1540-50; < Latin fābulōsus, equivalent to fābul(a) fable + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
fabulously, adverb
fabulousness, noun
unfabulous, adjective
unfabulously, adverb
Synonyms
3. fabled, fictitious, invented, fictional.
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  • He also gave me an admirable chameleon, a prehistoric, fabulous sort of animal.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • 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 Emile Zola
  • He knew, also, that this fabulous creature was bent on destroying him.

British Dictionary definitions for fabulous

fabulous

/ˈfæbjʊləs/
adjective
1.
almost unbelievable; astounding; legendary: fabulous wealth
2.
(informal) extremely good: a fabulous time at the party
3.
of, relating to, or based upon fable: a fabulous beast
Derived Forms
fabulously, adverb
fabulousness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin fābulōsus celebrated in fable, from fābulafable
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Word Origin and History for fabulous
adj.

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"]
Related: Fabulously.

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