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").
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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