[fab-lee-oh; French fa-blee-oh]

noun, plural fab·li·aux [fab-lee-ohz; French fa-blee-oh] /ˈfæb liˌoʊz; French fa bliˈoʊ/.

a short metrical tale, usually ribald and humorous, popular in medieval France.

Nearby words

  1. fabian, saint,
  2. fabianism,
  3. fabius maximus,
  4. fable,
  5. fabled,
  6. fabliaux,
  7. fablon,
  8. fabre,
  9. fabre, jean henri,
  10. fabriano, gentile da

Origin of fabliau

1795–1805; < French; Old North French form of Old French fablel, fableau, equivalent to fable fable + -el diminutive suffix; see -elle

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noun plural fabliaux (ˈfæblɪˌəʊz, French fɑblijo)

a comic usually ribald verse tale, of a kind popular in France in the 12th and 13th centuries

Word Origin for fabliau

C19: from French: a little tale, from fable tale

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