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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
Example sentences from the Web for fabulous
Together, they are disrupting the traditional salon industry, offering women quick, affordable doses of fabulousness and me-time.Blow Dry Bars Are a Thriving Industry Disrupting the Salon Business|Kelsey Meany|July 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The spotlight of fabulousness which illuminates Charlene rarely rests on Albert.
But perhaps Evi does not share in those feelings of fabulousness.
His history is written with elegance and vigour, but his fabulousness and credulity are justly blamed.A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland|Samuel Johnson