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Origin of fabulous
historical usage of fabulous
But in everyday usage, the most familiar sense of fabulous may be the informal one—“exceptionally good, wonderful”—which strays from the direct line to fable. Such remarks as “What a fabulous meal!” or “How’s that fabulous brother of yours?” are so common that it would not occur to us to stop and think, “Hey, did he just accuse me of preparing imaginary food?” or “Hmm, does she think my brother is a superhero, or that he’s just not very believable?”
Some might say that the only drawback to such familiarity with fabulous’s informal meaning is that we sometimes have to stop and think when it’s being used as originally intended. If I told you I just read a fabulous tale, could you be sure what I meant by that?
OTHER WORDS FROM fabulousfab·u·lous·ly, adverbfab·u·lous·ness, nounun·fab·u·lous, adjectiveun·fab·u·lous·ly, adverb
Words nearby fabulous
Example sentences from the Web for fabulous
In the meantime, who better to convey the film's appeal than Pauline Kael, the fabulous longtime New Yorker movie critic.The Stacks: Pauline Kael's Talking Heads Obsession|Pauline Kael|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Along came Oscar and Annette, his fabulous wife,” Mrs. Clinton said.Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta, American Great, Dead at 82|Tim Teeman|October 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But in Jersey City the fight goes on, with fabulous organ accompaniment.6 Must-Read Stories of Blondie, Spies and Riotous Feminists: The Best of The Beast|The Daily Beast|October 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One can only hope that their life together is even a fraction as fabulous as their wedding.
Meredith did some high-kicking with the Rockettes, and then breezed through a checklist of daytime staples: Fabulous prizes?Will Meredith Vieira Ever Stop Crying? Her Emotional Daytime TV Debut|Lloyd Grove|September 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The talk turned on "El Dorado" and the fabulous treasures he had heaped up.Sea-Dogs All!|Tom Bevan
So then, neither by the fabulous nor by the civil theology does any one obtain eternal life.The City of God, Volume I|Aurelius Augustine
The blazon, with its sanguinary and fabulous beasts, was emblematic of themselves.
As bonanza fame is like to be, the earlier bruitings of it were as nebulous as the later and more detailed accounts were fabulous.The Helpers|Francis Lynde
Fabulous sums were spent upon his blocks, even small ones costing as much as four pounds apiece.In the Heart of Vosges|Matilda Betham-Edwards