1796, from French incroyable, literally "incredible" (15c.), from in- "not, opposite of, without" (see in- (1)) + croire "to believe," from Latin credere (see credo). Name for the French fop or dandy of the period of the Directory (1795-99). Said to be so called from their extravagant dress and from a favorite expression among them ("C'est vraiment incroyable").
Its wooden skeleton is as scientifically fitted to the rider's form as an old "incroyable's" pair of pantaloons.
About me there was a dash of the school-master, about them the soupon of a mirliflore or an incroyable.
The incroyable was a person of almost magical perceptiveness; he felt the let-down immediately and feared a failure.
This was more than the incroyable had counted upon, and far from his desires.
Her partner was an incroyable 28 of the Revolution, and they looked sufficiently incredible.
"I alone must hover about the gates or steal into your garden like a thief," the incroyable had said.
The great light fell upon his fair hair and smiling face, and it was then that Miss Betty recognized the incroyable of her garden.
He was dressed, according to his wont, like an incroyable, and resembled an antique portrait by Garat.
An incroyable presented himself, not dressed in the fashion, but immoderately beyond it.