[fey-buh ld]


celebrated in fables: a fabled goddess of the wood.
having no real existence; fictitious: a fabled chest of gold.

Nearby words

  1. fabian tactics,
  2. fabian, saint,
  3. fabianism,
  4. fabius maximus,
  5. fable,
  6. fabliau,
  7. fabliaux,
  8. fablon,
  9. fabre,
  10. fabre, jean henri

Origin of fabled

First recorded in 1730–40; fable + -ed3

Related formsun·fa·bled, adjective


[fey-buh l]


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.

verb (used without object), fa·bled, fa·bling.

to tell or write fables.
to speak falsely; lie: to fable about one's past.

verb (used with object), fa·bled, fa·bling.

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

1250–1300; Middle English fable, fabel, fabul < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin fābula a story, tale, equivalent to fā(rī) to speak + -bula suffix of instrument

Related formsfa·bler, nounout·fa·ble, verb (used with object), out·fa·bled, out·fa·bling.un·fa·bling, adjective

Can be confusedfable legend myth (see synonym study at legend)

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British Dictionary definitions for fabled



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
Derived Formsfabler, noun

Word Origin for fable

C13: from Latin fābula story, narrative, from fārī to speak, say

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