[ fey-buh ld ]
/ ˈfeɪ bəld /


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

Origin of fabled

First recorded in 1730–40; fable + -ed3

Related forms

un·fa·bled, adjective

Definition for fabled (2 of 2)


[ fey-buh l ]
/ ˈfeɪ bəl /


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 forms

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

Can be confused

fable legend myth (see synonym study at legend)
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British Dictionary definitions for fabled (1 of 2)


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British Dictionary definitions for fabled (2 of 2)


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Derived Forms

fabler, noun

Word Origin for fable

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