1796, from French incroyable, literally "incredible" (15c.), from in- "not, opposite of, without" (see in- (1)) + croire "to believe," from Latin credere (see credo). Name for the French fop or dandy of the period of the Directory (1795-99). Said to be so called from their extravagant dress and from a favorite expression among them ("C'est vraiment incroyable").
Examples from the Web for incroyable
Her partner was an Incroyable 28 of the Revolution, and they looked sufficiently incredible.Memoirs of the Duchesse De Dino|Duchesse De Dino
Its wooden skeleton is as scientifically fitted to the rider's form as an old "incroyable's" pair of pantaloons.
About me there was a dash of the school-master, about them the soupon of a mirliflore or an incroyable.Frederic Chopin, Vol II (of 2)|Moritz Karasowski
The great light fell upon his fair hair and smiling face, and it was then that Miss Betty recognized the Incroyable of her garden.The Two Vanrevels|Booth Tarkington
An incroyable presented himself, not dressed in the fashion, but immoderately beyond it.Paris and the Parisians in 1835 (Vol. 1 of 2)|Frances Milton Trollope