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fabulous

[fab-yuh-luhs]
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adjective
  1. almost impossible to believe; incredible.
  2. Informal. exceptionally good or unusual; marvelous; superb: a fabulous bargain; a fabulous new house.
  3. told about in fables; purely imaginary: the fabulous exploits of Hercules.
  4. known about only through myths or legends.
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Origin of fabulous

1540–50; < Latin fābulōsus, equivalent to fābul(a) fable + -ōsus -ous
Related formsfab·u·lous·ly, adverbfab·u·lous·ness, nounun·fab·u·lous, adjectiveun·fab·u·lous·ly, adverb

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3. fabled, fictitious, invented, fictional.
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Related Words

astonishingfantasticoutrageousspectacularincrediblephenomenalawesomeastoundingunbelievablesuperbterrificmarvelousbreathtakingremarkableacesbestcoolextravagantfictitiousfirst-class

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  • He also gave me an admirable chameleon, a prehistoric, fabulous sort of animal.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • Arthur was a Celt, and may have been a fabulous Celt; but he was a fable on the right side.

    Alarms and Discursions

    G. K. Chesterton

  • It must have been a strike of fabulous proportions that had caused this excitement.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

  • The seed of the unknown was sown, and would grow into a crop of fabulous magnitude.

    Fruitfulness

    Emile Zola

  • He knew, also, that this fabulous creature was bent on destroying him.


British Dictionary definitions for fabulous

fabulous

adjective
  1. almost unbelievable; astounding; legendaryfabulous wealth
  2. informal extremely gooda fabulous time at the party
  3. of, relating to, or based upon fablea fabulous beast
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Derived Formsfabulously, adverbfabulousness, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin fābulōsus celebrated in fable, from fābula fable
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Word Origin and History for fabulous

adj.

early 15c., "mythical, legendary," from Latin fabulosus "celebrated in fable; rich in myths," from fabula (see fable (n.)).

Sense of "incredible" first recorded c.1600. Slang shortening fab first recorded 1957; popularized in reference to The Beatles, c.1963.

Fabulous (often contracted to fab(s)) and fantastic are also in that long list of words which boys and girls use for a time to express high commendation and then get tired of, such as, to go no farther back than the present century, topping, spiffing, ripping, wizard, super, posh, smashing. [Gower's 1965 revision of Fowler's "Modern English Usage"]

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