incroyable

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").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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Historical Examples of incroyable

  • About me there was a dash of the school-master, about them the soupon of a mirliflore or an incroyable.

  • This was more than the Incroyable had counted upon, and far from his desires.

    The Two Vanrevels

    Booth Tarkington

  • "I alone must hover about the gates or steal into your garden like a thief," the Incroyable had said.

    The Two Vanrevels

    Booth Tarkington

  • The Incroyable was a person of almost magical perceptiveness; he felt the let-down immediately and feared a failure.

    The Two Vanrevels

    Booth Tarkington

  • 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