[ rab-uh-ley-zee-uh n, -zhuh n ]
/ ˌræb əˈleɪ zi ən, -ʒən /


of, relating to, or suggesting François Rabelais, whose work is characterized by broad, coarse humor and keen satire.


a person who admires or studies the works of Rabelais.

Origin of Rabelaisian

First recorded in 1855–60; Rabelais + -ian
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British Dictionary definitions for rabelaisian

/ (ˌræbəˈleɪzɪən, -ʒən) /


of, relating to, or resembling the work of Rabelais, esp by broad, often bawdy humour and sharp satire


a student or admirer of Rabelais

Derived forms of Rabelaisian

Rabelaisianism, noun
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