[rab-uh-ley-zee-uh n, -zhuh n]
  1. a person who admires or studies the works of Rabelais.

Origin of Rabelaisian

First recorded in 1855–60; Rabelais + -ian
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  1. of, relating to, or resembling the work of Rabelais, esp by broad, often bawdy humour and sharp satire
  1. a student or admirer of Rabelais
Derived FormsRabelaisianism, noun
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Word Origin and History for rabelaisian



1817, from French author François Rabelais (c.1490-1553), whose writings "are distinguished by exuberance of imagination and language combined with extravagance and coarseness of humor and satire." [OED]

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