[ rab-uh-ley, rab-uh-ley; French ra-ble ]

  1. Fran·çois [frahn-swa], /frɑ̃ˈswa/, c1490–1553, French satirist and humorist.

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How to use Rabelais in a sentence

  • Rabelais wrote Gargantua here, in this city devoted to the most Pantagruelian of pleasures.

  • Rabelais was not more cunning when he hit upon his stratagem for getting carried to Paris.

    Friend Mac Donald | Max O'Rell
  • Aristophanes has furnished jests for Rabelais, hints to Swift, and humor for Molière.

  • The name was enough; they could not dine elsewhere, and Ambrose felt that he was honouring the memory of the great Rabelais.

    The Secret Glory | Arthur Machen
  • A scurvy trick; yet, as Master Rabelais says, Pantagruelians select not their bed.

    Under the Rose | Frederic Stewart Isham

British Dictionary definitions for Rabelais


/ (ˈræbəˌleɪ, French rablɛ) /

  1. François (frɑ̃swa). ?1494–1553, French writer. His written works, esp Gargantua and Pantagruel (1534), contain a lively mixture of earthy wit, common sense, and satire

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