noun, plural fab·li·aux [fab-lee-ohz; French fa-blee-oh] /ˈfæb liˌoʊz; French fa bliˈoʊ/.
- fabian, saint,
- fabius maximus,
- fabre, jean henri,
- fabriano, gentile da
Origin of fabliau
Examples from the Web for fabliau
The dramatic germ contained in the fabliau and quickened by the mystery produces the profane drama.
The fabliau takes every phase of life for its subject; the folk-song acquires elegance and does not lose raciness and truth.
The stories were translated into French, and thus gave rise to the Fabliau, which allowed full expression to the esprit Gaulois.The Palace of Pleasure, Volume 1|William Painter
This suggests the likelihood of a source which combined traits of both lai and fabliau: Warnatsch, pp 62-64.
It is a mistake to suppose, as is frequently done, that every legend of the middle ages is a fabliau.