almost impossible to believe; incredible: Her fabulous story about surviving alone on a desert island for three months was riveting—and it was all true!
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?
- fab·u·lous·ly, adverb
- fab·u·lous·ness, noun
- un·fab·u·lous, adjective
- un·fab·u·lous·ly, adverb
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How to use fabulous in a sentence
A day earlier, Weston McKennie — Cristiano Ronaldo’s teammate and Lionel Messi’s opponent — scored a fabulous goal for Juventus against Barcelona, which started American Sergiño Dest.USMNT’s rout of El Salvador shows it has depth and goals on both sides of the Atlantic | Steven Goff | December 10, 2020 | Washington Post
When the Switch came out, half the reason anyone bought it was to play the fabulous new Zelda.Review: Sony’s PlayStation 5 is here, but next-generation gaming is still on its way | Devin Coldewey | November 6, 2020 | TechCrunch
There are so many fabulous cards, but at times we just don't have the time to shop.
Coined a “miracle” by the New York Times and Momofuku Ssäm Bar’s “fajita moment” by the culinary website Taste, the beloved recipe is, to be sure, fabulous.This bo ssam dream is within reach, and it starts with your Instant Pot | Eric Kim | October 28, 2020 | Washington Post
The NFL did a fabulous job in presenting the NFL Draft virtually in a way that a lot of us feel worked well!In the pandemic era, NFL teams are leveraging Twitter to connect with fans | Twitter | October 22, 2020 | Digiday
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
The spotlight of fabulousness which illuminates Charlene rarely rests on Albert.
But perhaps Evi does not share in those feelings of fabulousness.
The White House empty nesters “are setting an example 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
British Dictionary definitions for fabulous
almost unbelievable; astounding; legendary: fabulous wealth
informal extremely good: a fabulous time at the party
of, relating to, or based upon fable: a fabulous beast
- fabulously, adverb
- fabulousness, noun
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